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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Matt and Christina Drayton are a couple whose attitudes are challenged when their daughter brings home a fiancé who is black.
|Studio :||Stanley Kramer Productions,|
|Crew :||Production Design, Set Decoration,|
|Cast :||Katharine Hepburn Spencer Tracy Sidney Poitier Katharine Houghton Isabel Sanford|
|Genre :||Drama Comedy Romance|
People are voting emotionally.
Good start, but then it gets ruined
Clever, believable, and super fun to watch. It totally has replay value.
This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.
Thinking about the movie's premise now, it's something you would see played for comedy nowadays. A white woman bringing a black man home for dinner with the parents, it's rather laughable. But what holds up about "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", how it remains serious is how deep it goes into its subject matter. About more than just prejudice and racism, this story dives into concepts like liberalism and romanticism, about letting go of the old for the new, without getting too far ahead of itself.And all that narrative depth is backed up by some great performances. Sidney Poltier is compelling and relatable as Dr. John Prentice. Every time his wife-to-be Joanna pushes their relationship just a little farther, his worry is clear, not about going through with it, but about ensuring everyone's approval. Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn as the parents are fantastic to watch; Hepburn is amazing with her expressions, portraying her emotions with subtlety and allure. Meanwhile, Tracey gives a heartfelt performance, serving as the most conflicted character throughout the story.The movie isn't too serious though; it has enough a sense of humor that it's never boring or melodramatic. There is a point near the end where it gets somewhat heavy-handed with the points and themes, but it feels deserved and it's still enjoyable to watch. Aside from a couple parts that felt unnecessary, and a situation that pushes on the surreal at points, this is an exceptional movie. Its base premise may not be timeless, but its characters and their respective conditions will be.
I'm going to speak frankly.As a person who is by no means a leftist or a liberal, I found this film to be very moving. Most people who review the film I assume are liberals, so I guess I offer a different perspective. For me, this is a sad film. It is sad because the vision of America that the liberals Tracy and Hepburn's characters have here just did not pan out. The moment when Poitier's character says "you see yourself as a colored man, but I see myself as a man" shows just what sort of society these people imagined we would have, and it's tragic that history did not turn out that way. From the vantage point of 2017, race relations are worse than ever before. With SJWs, Affirmative Action, crime in the inner cities, anti-white racism, immigration problems etc, the vision that race would no longer matter just simply did not pan out. As whites today this film can only make us sad. It's tragic. I almost wish things did turn out that way, that race in America could have become a nonfactor and that none of the crazy problems we face today exist, but they do. And so viewing this film in retrospect, it seems so innocent and naive in a tragic way. Beautifully filmed with a San Francisco location and a lovely soundtrack, this is by all means a tremendous film, and I probably like it a little more than snotty liberals who probably can find this or that reason to view this film which to me seems progressive as "reactionary."
This movie tells a heavy topic in a very relax and easy-going way. In that ages, race is the biggest issue to stop anything it wants. Just like this movie. There is no doubt that those two young people love each other. Just like at the ending of this movie, Mrs.Prentice says that you can tell how deep they gets in love with each other from those eye contact. Will you still love your husband/wife no matter times past. This young couple does have little problems. They decide to engaged with out notice their family. But that is how love does. If you falling into love, you will do the same thing , no matter how others will look at you. Love is a safe shelter for you to against others.
At the film's end, the counterculture and the societal mind-set turn is the most prominent. It's somewhat tense, packed (with different individuals and "groups" of people) and has the viewer watching with batted breath to see how this will all be handled, and if the couple we've come to love, Dr. Prentice and Joanna, will find acceptance and if that acceptance remains an important factor prior to marriage. The common themes of counterculture and prevalent throughout. The elements of race, how Joanna openly talks about sex with her mother (we see her mother go red in the face, yet Joanna behind her is totally unfazed. A great use of framing here). Also, there's an okay amount of swearing, conflicts between the older and younger generations (where the younger generation isn't immediately reprimand as they would have in earlier films).