"Karyn Parsons, best known as Hilary from the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," does a wonderful turn here as a bi-racial woman trying to carve out an identity for herself in the midst of professional and personal conflict. This movie shows us how difficult it can be to find your way in a society that insists on categorizing people when you don't easily fit into any one group. Although we may not have all of this character's baggage, "Who Am I?" is something that we all have grappled with at some point. When we meet up with the protagonist, Nia is leaning toward with her Black heritage and is trying to find some sort of authentic Black experience -- whatever that is. This leads her to quit her job with an ad agency that has assigned her to a campaign for malt liquor and to begin dating her writing instructor. The instructor (Isaiah Washington), who thinks that Nia is not Black enough, makes it his business to change her. She meets him in a class that she takes after she decides that she wants to be a writer. Nia is the product of an upper middle class home, has white friends, and has dated white men before. Washington decides that he need to counteract all that.Washington is very good here as the dreadlocked, blacker- than-thou, race man. Fine though he is, I would not date someone who felt like he had to make me over. He even goes so far as to reorganize her books separating the works of Black authors onto a separate shelf. Washington's character treats Nia like a project instead of a lover, and you get the feeling that being with him is her way of doing pennance for her perceived sins. She even gets her hair braided to appease him.In addition to being bi-racial, Nia is also a product of divorce, and her father (white and Jewish) points out to her that she identifies more with her mother and other African Americans than with him. This gets her to thinking about her life. Ultimately, she makes peace with herself and kicks her domineering man to the curb. She stops worrying so much about trying to fit in and decides to just live. Kudos to Alison Swan for a well-developed film."
mochajolt | Hampton, VA United States | 05/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Mixing Nia" is a wonderful tale about a woman, NIA, who is coming into her own. Her problems range from the insecurities about being bi-racial to the problems that most children of divorced parents feel. She has friends of varying eclectic abilities and yet, she's found the interesting aspects of each one of them for which to build a foundation of friendship. The situations with the men in her life such as her father, Lewis, Matt, and Joe are very real and humorous at times. Karyn Parsons is absolutely fabulous as Nia and you will enjoy the cycle of confusion which surrounds her life. In the end, you don't have to be white or black to understand the very real frustrations of the human heart and mind!"
Hottie can Act!!
Brock Carrington | ATLANTA, GA USA | 12/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Alright, I have to admit that the title of my review woud scare away anyone expecting something thoughtful or insightful. That's OK. I really enjoyed this movie. The title Character, Nia, has to learn to accept every part of herself: the Black parts that conflict with her white peers; the white parts that conflict with her Black peers, and the strictly Nia parts that conflict with everyone. What is her solution? Should she ignore one part of herself to develop the other? Or maybe she will feel better with the right boyfriend....This dilemma is handled in an imaginative and mature fashion. I really recommend this movie."
Wonderful can relate to it myself
shelly | new york | 10/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this was a wonderfully funny movie, and I can relate to its message of how difficult it is to fit in a society that tries to categorize you when you're a mixture, not a single entity. I myself was born in america, but my folks are from India, and I also have had to balance out my traditional practices with my western ideals while living in the West, both around americans and Indians, like Nia had to find her way to accept being both white and black. While I'm not bi-racial, the idea of an identity search and crisis is the same, and it's always a feeling of you're too Indian to be american, but you're still too american to be indian, so like nia, who felt she was too white to be black, but too black to be white, i also had a hard time (and still sometimes Do), have a hard time fitting in with my white and Indian friends. Yet, I've learned to overcome it, and learned that I should just be me, and do what I feel is right in my heart, regardless of what other whites or Indians think, as Nia learned to just be herself, and she'll be accepted. In all, this was a great movie, funny, heartwrenching, and witty, and it geows in your heart. Karyn Parsons was wonderful. I also want to say she's gorgeous, with her tanned skin which has a rosiness behind it, as well as her sharp features and deep-set eyes. It goes to show you that mixed kids can be the most beautiful in the world!:) She should've tried modelling, for I think, judging from this movie, and in her days from the fresh prince of bel air, that she can pass as a beauty queen even in her off hours. She's just so beautiful, and a great actress."
"she's still Hillary to me"
jla | montgomeryville pa. | 07/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Cute independant flick with an above average performance by Isaiah Washington(the sexy brotha from Greys anatomy) Karen Parsons was'nt too bad either. not a bad movie at all."