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Guess Who

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Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, ...

Guess Who

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
103 minutes
Wide Release Date:
03/25/05
performer:
Ashton Kutcher, Bernie Mac, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott
director:
Kevin Rodney Sullivan
distributor:
Sony Pictures Entertainment
author:
62441, 67007
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a C+

Thus spake Ashton Kutcher: ”I said, ‘You know what? We need to do a comedic adaptation of [Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner], and I want to play the Sidney Poitier role.”’ This was no punking, friends. What’s more, Kutcher’s movie dream had kismet on its side: Bernie Mac was already setting up a contemporary, race-reversed Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner over at Sony. And so the two actors and their production companies joined forces to repeat cinema history as sentimental farce. ”It was a message piece,” notes director Kevin Rodney Sullivan (Barbershop 2) of Stanley Kramer’s 1967 original, which had Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy as WASPy parents receiving a surprise future son-in-law (Poitier) into their fold. ”But for me, I thought that race was just the hook of the song. The body and soul of the movie has to be about love.” And in-laws, of course. ”They’re going to kick the tires — or kick you somewhere else,” says Sullivan. ”The kick’s coming for sure. You just have to figure out which part of your anatomy.” Our guess: right in the Kutcher.

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