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Good Fences
Good Fences
Actors: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Simmons Glover, Mo'nique, Ryan Michelle Bathe
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
R     2003     1hr 59min

Good Fences reunites Goldberg and Glover for the first time since their now classic pairing in Steven Spielberg?s The Color Purple in 1985. This is a story of an upwardly mobile yet dysfunctional black family who find th...  more »

     

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Actors: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Zachary Simmons Glover, Mo'nique, Ryan Michelle Bathe
Director: Ernest R. Dickerson
Creators: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Armand Leo, Sam Kitt, Spike Lee, Erika Ellis, Trey Ellis
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Whoopi Goldberg, Drama, Television
Studio: Showtime Ent.
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/16/2003
Original Release Date: 02/02/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 02/02/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 59min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Mary L. (marymix) from NANTUCKET, MA
Reviewed on 10/15/2009...
As the other reviews suggested, this is NOT a comedy. It's a very serious movie that will cause you to think. I'd even call it disturbing. It's more about the depths people can sink to in blind pursuit of "the good life" and how hollow the victory can be when you get what you wanted.
Denise B. (GordonSetter)
Reviewed on 11/15/2008...
As always, Whoopi Goldberg is great. Danny Glover's part is somewhat less important to the story, but his flashbacks do serve to show how far society has come. This movie was categorized as a comedy, but it's not really very funny. There are some funny parts, but I'd call it more of a slice-of-life drama than anything.
Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 9/28/2008...
The synopsis has it wrong, the main characters moved into the white neighborhood first and later a black woman wins the lottery and moves into the neighborhood. The neighbors love and repect (whoopi and Danny) but dont understand them. All of the neighbors dont like the lottery winner. Some good flashbacks give you insight into Whoopi and Dannys characters and the choices they make in the movie. It isnt as funny as it is a drama. Dont expect to laugh your butt off but you will do some thinking. I felt sorry for Whoopi's character she found that the wealth didnt bring friendship or happiness.
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Mangy Fox | 11/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"First let me state that despite the back of case description this movie is not a comedy. It does have its funny moments but comedy it is not. Set mainly in the 70's, this is the story of the Spaders, a black family that's movin on up. The father, aptly named Tom, is a promising lawyer who is driven to prove that he and his family are every bit as good, if not better than white people. As they get richer, and move into, and up in the affluent white world, they gradually become that which they hated, vapid, spoiled, stuck up bigots. The only family member who seems mainly unaffected is the son, Tommy 2. The film is sad, moving and disturbing. The direction is superb and the actors give powerful performances, with Whoopie Goldberg really standing out with her portrayal of a housewife increasingly trapped, isolated and alienated in a world in which she both belongs and dosn't belong."