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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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... Lionel Higgins
... Samantha White
... Kurt Fletcher
... Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
... Troy Fairbanks
... Sofia Fletcher
... Gabe
... Reggie
... Helmut West
... Dean Fairbanks
... President Fletcher
... George
... Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James ... Martin
... 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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4 December 2014 (Brazil)  »

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$347,959, 17 October 2014, Limited Release

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$4,404,154, 25 January 2015
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Sofia derisively tells Coco that she knows to ask whether or not Coco's hair is "weaved" because she had to watch Chris Rock's 2009 documentary Good Hair (2009) for a class. When Dear White People was released on DVD, the first trailer that appeared in front of the movie was for Good Hair. 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 »

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Curls: We're not all homophobes, you know.
Smoothe: Yeah, I'm listening to Frank Ocean *right now*! I don't give a fuck!
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The end credits include photographs of the real-life blackface (and brownface) college parties that inspired the film's climax. See more »

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References Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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Lonesome Rambler
Composed by Paul Lenart and Billy Novick (as Bill Novick)
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At Least Say Something
24 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

Some thoughts:

(1) The filmmakers do far too much hiding of their own opinions in the various opinions presented here.

(2) I bet however, that they do believe things like "black people can't be racist". Exposing the ever-self-serving corresponding absurdity, being as simple as looking up the word "racist" in the damn dictionary. Instead of putting up a highly-specialized/strawman definition, only to pretend that it's THE definition.

(3) There are actual slaves in the world. Right now. Millions of them. Moreover, even in the US, there is both very real slavery and very real racism. Not dumb college kids responding to faux-civil-rights-crusader bait and wearing some dumb costumes at some dumb private party. No. People are actually being forced away from their health and freedom based on race and class - in the US - as we speak. Black people, brown people, Asian people, even white people (see: Eastern European sex trafficking), etc. Exceedingly few of these grim realities, have very much to do at all - with what's depicted here. And if one is really concerned about such matters - one would find a way to reflect (at least SOME of) them in one's film. If however, one is selfishly concerned instead with the minutiae of one's own exceedingly-privileged (by world and even US standards) existence, while wanting to disguise oneself as a hard-issue-tackler - one would make a film just like this.

(4) And if burying one's head this far up one's own rectum is an absolute must - I'd at least ask that there's a clear corresponding point. Which brings us back to (1) above.

(5) Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but when people pretend to care about higher ideals, while their efforts are all too obviously aimed instead at merely serving themselves - I have trouble seeing anything else. Whether it's Fox News with their constant cry-bullying. Or what madness Nazi atrocities and such have been used to justify in the middle East. Or such, admittedly-milder, yet all-too-similar cases.


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