Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Starring: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica
Cauffiel, Chad Gabriel
RunTime: 1 hr 40 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Date: 14 April 2005
father (Mac) has plenty to say about his daughter wanting
to marry a white boy (Kutcher).
“Guess Who” is a remake of a 1967 film “Guess
who is coming for dinner”. Basically both films are
structured around the jitters and fears of meeting your potential
in-laws for the first time. The uneasy tensed situation here
is severely amplified when both parties come from different
races and skin colours.
issues about interracial dating seem to be more relevant in
the ‘60s and less in this modern cosmopolitan world.
However there are still folks who think that interracial dating’s
an issue and they brought together Ashton Kutcher and Bernie
Mac to remake this film. The biggest difference from the original:
it’s a white man visiting his black girlfriend’s
family for the first time.
I have never seen the original film before, thus could not
compare and contrast both films, I found “Guess Who’s”
certain plot devices and scene setups that are very similar
to “Meet the Parents”. From planning a wedding
proposal during the first meet up with the potential in-laws,
to the judgmental father who did an extensive check on his
daughter’s boyfriend and many more.
plots aside, “Guess Who” should be able to raise
a few chuckles from the audience but there won’t be
any sidesplitting irrepressible laughter. Although comedian
Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher share the duties of carrying
the jokes out for this film, it was ultimately Bernie Mac
that delivered the goods.
it’s not cool to discriminate different races in these
modern times, the stereotyping are still enjoyable, at least
on film. Especially when Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) launches
verbal and mental assaults at Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher)
at every opportunity. One of the funniest moments of this
film was when Percy met Simon for the first time and Percy
made the most obvious embarrassing stereotyping mistakes.
While Percy was oblivious to it, it was pretty clear that
Percy did not fancy a white son-in-law.
Kutcher basically repeats his usual exaggerated exasperated
behavior and emotion, very much like the same performance
he gave in the “Just Married”. However there are
some girls who find it cute so not everyone is turn off by
his attempt at comedic performance. Strangely I felt that
he was better in serious roles such as “The Butterfly
Effect” than trying so hard to tickle the viewers’
it being touted as a romantic comedy, sadly the chemistry
between Theresa (Zoe Saldana) and Simon Green is lacking there.
They are both good looking but it felt like they are simply
spouting their scripted lines to each other. The only moments
at their romantic best was snippets of thought-evoking issues
about love being played out in the last part of the show.
bottom line: is this show worth watching?
you are looking for a lighthearted film to unwind or kill
time with mindless entertainment, “Guess Who”
will be able to do the job. Otherwise it would be like the
reply Theresa gave Simon when asked if she told her parents
that he’s white, “It’s not important”.
by Richard Lim Jr