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Dear White People (2014)

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

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Justin Simien

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Justin Simien (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyler James Williams ... Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson ... Samantha White
Kyle Gallner ... Kurt Fletcher
Teyonah Parris ... Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
Brandon P Bell ... Troy Fairbanks (as Brandon Bell)
Brittany Curran ... Sofia Fletcher
Justin Dobies ... Gabe
Marque Richardson ... Reggie
Malcolm Barrett ... Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert ... Dean Fairbanks
Peter Syvertsen ... President Fletcher
Brandon Alter ... George
Kate Gaulke Kate Gaulke ... Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James Brian James ... Martin
Keith Myers ... Mitch
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A social satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where controversy breaks out over a popular but offensive black-face party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in acutely-not-post-racial America while weaving a universal story of forging one's unique path in the world. Written by Anonymous

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A satire about being a black face in a white place

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During an argument Reggie tells Sam that when he first saw her he thought she was from Puerto Rico, in real life actress Tessa Thompson is of Afro-Panamanian and Mexican descent. See more »

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The flame on the candle in Sam's room on Halloween night is static, revealing that it is fake. See more »

Quotes

Curls: Do you think there's enough of us?
Sungmi: Latinos United is meeting across the hall. Asian American League too.
Sungmi: [everyone looks at her wondering why she joined BSU instead of Asian American League] ... you guys got better snacks.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »

Connections

References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »

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Sleeping at Night (Dear White People Remix)
Performed by Caught a Ghost
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Is it about the student politics or racism?
14 September 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Actually, I don't understand this film, I mean the story, what it intended to tell us. Maybe it's for Americans only. I thought it could be some underrated cool comedy, but what I just saw was definitely not expected. I kind of felt it was a student politics and if it stayed like that way I would have had no problem. But they said it is a comedy and I did not get any, in between it became a racism thing. I never understood this American racism, why they're making it so complicated. Especially the condition of the US is not looking good right now and this film pours a more oil to it. I'm neither white nor black or an American, and sorry I did not find it a good film. Even more, I don't get, how a television series is getting ready to follow-up it. So no offense for those who liked it, seems I'm in a wrong place. I just rated and reviewed what I felt it deserves, other than that I'm not against the film. I'm out of here!

3/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2014 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$347,959, 19 October 2014

Gross USA:

$4,404,154

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,633,961
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Dolby

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Color
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