Directed by: Kevin
Produced by: Jenno
Topping, Erwin Stoff, Jason Goldberg
Starring: BERNIE MAC, ASHTON KUTCHER, ZOE SALDANA, JUDITH
Released by: Columbia Pictures
and Regency Enterprises
get punked in this predictable, unfunny rehash of
1967’s "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."
Knock, Who's There?
Quagmire of Played Out Racial Stereotypes
remake of 1967’s "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"
stars Bernie Mac as headstrong African American father
Percy Jones, and Ashton Kutcher as Simon Green, the last
man Percy expects his daughter Theresa (Zoe Saldana) to
bring home. Before meeting Simon, Percy—a
to run a credit check on the guy to make sure he’s
good enough for his baby girl, who has a track record
of dating broke losers. On paper, everything about Simon
lucrative job as a stockbroker, great investments, rock-solid
future. But when Simon shows up in person and is—gasp—white,
Percy is taken aback. It turns out that Simon’s
lack of melanin is one of many issues Percy has with the
young man, who agrees to meet Theresa’s parents
just as he quits his successful stockbroker gig—a
fact that he keeps from Theresa and her family during
his weekend at Percy’s house.
that secret comes back to haunt him, "Guess Who"
falls into a quagmire of stale, played out racial stereotypes
that cause more groans than laughs. The practice goes
overboard in an implausible dinner scene, where Percy
forces Simon to recite a string of anti-black jokes to
prove that he’s not as uptight about race as folks
would believe. Of course, you can see the backfire coming
as one of the jokes inevitably goes too far.
Who" is full of these predictable devices and awkward
moments, which may have actually been funny had they not
been used before in countless other fish-out-of-water
comedies with race as an undercurrent.