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Guess Who

comedy, romance

When his daughter brings home her new fiancÉ, her uptight father discovers she's neglected to tell him three things: He's broke. He's unemployed. And he's white.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5

Update on Poitier classic isn't as memorable.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some sexual humor, including jokes about masturbation, cross-dressing, and gays. A character asks "What's the sex like?" and there is some discussion of what white men's sex organs look like. There is humor about racism, including a list of racist terms for white people. A great deal is made of the fact that Simon and Percy share a bed (as a way of making sure that Simon and Theresa don't sleep together) and end up cuddling.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether any of them can remember a time when it was actually illegal in some states for people of different races to get married.
  • They could read the Supreme Court decision that invalidated those lawsas unconstitutional. It's shocking today to realize that the laws werein place until that decision was issued in 1967, the same year as theoriginal Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The very-apt name of the landmark case is Loving v. Virginia.
  • Familieswho see this movie could talk about the jokes Simon told. Which madefun of white people and which made fun of black people? They could alsotalk about their own family reactions to marriages that cross racial,religious, or other kinds of lines.

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Might provide a much-needed fix for Mac's most ardent fans, but they'll have to wait for a star vehicle that fully exploits the range of his comic gifts.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, March 25, 2005

Rotten: A film that could have wryly dealt with matters of race, or simply could have been funnier, had it possessed a clearer template than a star pairing and a truncated title.

- Brian Lowry, Variety, Friday, March 25, 2005

Fresh: Mac and Kutcher have proved themselves better comics than actors, but both give charming, subtle performances here.

- Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Saturday, April 2, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

This is a loose remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with a race reversal, but it seems to have far more in common with Meet the Parents (with a racial twist). Unlike the 1967 film, this bypass serious drama and instead goes for the path of farce. In a way, this film really doesn't have a lot of impact. In 1967, interracial relationships were a far more touchy subject. Now they really aren't that big of a deal. Also, by going for the farce route, there's not really a lot of substance here. There are a couple of really good scenes that go in that direction, but this is mostly just a racial comey of mistrust and misunderstanding. This kind of thing has been done before as well, and also better. This is still mildly passable and decent entertainment though. I laughed a handful of times, enjoyed the performances, and really enjoyed the dinner table scene. That's the best scene, and also happens to be the one touching upon something more deep and meaningful. It's a shame that the rest of the film couldn't be like that. As I said though, this is still an okay film as is. Saldana and Kutcher are both decent, but each has delivered better than this. This is really Bernie Mac's movie. He does a great job of playing the suspicious, sardonic, and mistrusting father who's not too impressed with her's daughter's white fiancee. He's got good chemistry with the rest of the cast, and is just a lot of fun to watch. You don't have to see this movie (even though I am mildly recommending it), but if you do, see it for the performances (especially Mac's), and the aforementioned dinner table scene.

- cosmo313, Saturday, September 17, 2011

2 stars

This was an ok funny movie..

- LWOODS04, Monday, April 27, 2009

2 stars

Meet the Parents with an extra war of the races twist. It mostly relies on those comedic moments of pure painful embarrassment which are all handled very well and taken to the extreme. Kutcher being coaxed into telling black jokes to his future in laws is a prime example of upping the ante with each minute waiting for the inevitable downfall. The film works as it laughs with each race as opposed to at them, well sometimes at them, but in a sweet kind of way not likely to offend. Other than that though it is far too predictable to be any purposeful comment on society. Still it's true enough and well acted for the required chuckles, groans, and aaaawwwwww's.

- kiriyamakazou, Tuesday, September 2, 2008