Excellent family entertainment!
A. Chopra | 02/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I haven't seen a movie like this for years. It is full of comedy and you will keep laughing if you have a good sense of humor with open mind. The reason that many people here have given negative points is because it deals with the subject which makes many people uncomfortable, but as I said that if you watch this movie with open mind, you will definitely love it. The story is about a black girl (Zoe Saldana) who is in love with a white boy (Ashton Kutcher) and wants to announce their engagement on her parent's 25th marriage anniversary. Her dad (Bernie Mac) won't approve the white guy, not because he is a racist, but also uncomfortable about his daughter's relation with him. The movie is all fun, can be watched with family and as said before will keep everyone laughing.
Bernie Mac's character as Percy Jones is awesome, and he the one character you will keep watching the movie for. Ashton Kutcher, is all right and improvement in his acting is evident. Other actors are ok. Overall, this movie should not be missed, and please...don't take the jokes in the movie seriously.
Terrific Comedy in the Backdrop of Racial Issues...
Kim Anehall | Chicago, IL USA | 08/04/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Almost forty years after the Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) a remake is appropriate with the same racial theme, but this time the situation is reversed. It is time for the Caucasian, Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher), to visit his future African-American family-in-law for the first time. Much has changed since 1967 when Sidney Poitier visited Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn, yet some of the racial tensions still linger within the society. Kevin Rodney Sullivan, who some recognize from How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998), decides to bring comic relief into these racial tensions.
The stress of visiting ones future father-in-law can be overwhelming. On top of this stress, Simon quits his prestigious job at the investment firm JP Oliver, an obvious allusion towards JP Morgan. In addition, Simon does not inform his fiancée Theresa Jones (Zoe Saldana) about his recent unemployment while they plan on telling her parents about their engagement at the parents 25th Wedding Anniversary. Simon manages the situation very well, a sign that he has a very high stress level. However, his stress level is about to be tested when he is about to meet Theresa's overly protective father, Percy Jones (Bernie Mac), for the first time.
Meanwhile, Percy checks out Simon's credit history, as he is a bank loan officer, and this impresses him. Percy is also excited about Simon working at JP Oliver, but does not know that he has quit. Bernie Mac, who often comes across a grand character, does a good job here down-playing his strong persona. This helps the film deliver a better cinematic experience, as the focus is on all the members of the family.
The first encounter between Simon and Percy is a scene with mixed identities, which will certainly bring the audience to laughter. The film continues to play with situational comedy that seems familiar with the comedy on many sitcoms. Nonetheless, there are moments when the comedy actually elevates beyond sitcom level, and even brings a tear to the eye. It is important that the audience does not forget the power of laughter, as it can help bring people together. Sullivan does exactly this with Guess Who where he lets the comedy do the talking while presenting the racial issues.
There are several situations in the film where Sullivan presents interesting notions in regards to human differences such as in the cab on the way to Theresa's parents and the night when they have supper together with Theresa's grandfather. These situations deliver numerous opportunities to further extend to the racial tensions within the society. Unfortunately, the film does not take any risks by exploring these new territories, which leaves the film behind from being a finer cinematic experience. Even so, the film succeeds in presenting an enjoyable film that can continue to soften the rigid notions that still linger within society."
talkytina | New England | 02/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The characters in "Guess Who" are believable, and not just likable, but downright lovable! Kellee Stewart as sister Keisha shines in her supporting role as lil' sis! Bernie Mac is a bug-eyed delight. Zoe Saldana and Ashton Kutcher are an inspiring couple providing hope for a world without racial barriers. Zoe and Ashton do it seemingly without effort which is the best type of acting: They make it look easy with love as the catalyst! Simple premise yet great fun, and loads of laughs! It is what it is: Entertaining and delightful, and everybody speaks and acts intelligent in the process! Excellent direction and attention to detail by Kevin Rodney Sullivan."