Ashley Beireis Nguyen/Sundance
Nicole Sperling
August 15, 2014 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dear White People (2014)

type
Movie
genre
Comedy
Limited Release Date
10/17/14
runtime
100 minutes
performer
Kyle Gallner, Dennis Haysbert, Tyler James Williams
director
Justin Simien
distributor
Roadside Attractions
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R

We gave it a B

When she read the script for first-time feature director Justin Simien’s campus satire Dear White People, Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls) was convinced that only she could play Sam White, the fiery DJ of a radio station at a fictional Ivy League college. Submitting her audition tape for the film, a breakout at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, she included not only the requested scenes but all of Sam’s barbed on-air segments, which tweak the supposedly PC, mostly white student body. The actress was particularly drawn to Simien’s one-liners, some of which he’d tested out on Twitter. Her favorite: ”Dear White People Using Instagram, you have an iPhone and you go on hikes, I get it.”

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