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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Crusading newspaper publisher Matt Drayton's liberal principles are put to the test when his daughter, Joey, announces her engagement to John Prentice, an internationally renowned African-American physician. While Matt's wife, Christina, readily accepts Joey's decision, Matt intends to withhold his consent, forgetting that when it comes to matters of the heart, true love is colorblind.

Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2008]
Edition: 40th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 1424869005
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 107 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Aug 08, 2014
  • phantomas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I remember the first time I saw this film, and I remember laughing really hard. Imagine for a minute that you are me, a student lost in a foreign school system. You want to get ahead, but all you can hear are gatekeepers or dreamkillers saying, "No, you can't." What do you do? You are a square peg trying to fit in a round hole within the school system. Then, you see a film that provides a blueprint for square peg to fit in a round hole. The lead character in the movie found a way of achieving his dreams of becoming a doctor while overcoming all the obstacles an oppressive society could throw at him. A fairy tale? Maybe. While he grew-up Stateside, he didn't practice in the US. He prepared, and then, he went to where the opportunity existed, at the time it was at The School of Oriental and African Studies. Then he went on to further studies. The message was clear to me: I didn't have to give up on my dreams. And when I looked around, I found real people who had done something similar. Take for instance Justice Robert Ndoping of Cameroon, who did four out of six years of secondary education at a boarding college in Cameroon, then studied privately and passed his GCE O and A levels before earning his LLB and his LLM from the University of London, after studying externally. First, Ndoping is called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple, and later, he serves his country first as a lawyer, then as a Judge of the High Court and Court of Appeal in Cameroon. If you are hungry for more examples, there's Derek Walcott, the 1992 winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature; Thabo Mbeki, a former President of South Africa; or Mohandas Gandhi. Imagine how surprised I was that all people saw in this film was miscegenation. I guess it was there, but I found the universality of the movie was its message: You don't have to settle for what little life throws at you.

Jul 16, 2014
  • blahblahblah345662 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The original title of the film was: 'Guess Who's Getting A Big Bar Of Chocolate'.

Mar 28, 2013
  • Busterbill01 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A recent reviewing and sharing of this film with the current generation of teens led to a number of comments. Initially I found the daughter's portrayal weak and naive. But after reflecting how naive I was during that era at a similar age, her character made more sense. This is before MLK's assassination and during a turbulent time when we hopeful kids actually did believe our culture of racism could be dealt with within a generation. It was interesting to view first as a teen in '67 and now as a parent.

May 27, 2011
  • macabrescribe rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I understand entirely why this is a beloved classic. However, I did not enjoy it nearly as much as I wish I would have. It pushed its theme too hard and became annoying. Spenser Tracy and Katerine Hepburn did not give the performances I hoped for. But I suppose the movie itself was meant to shake the audience, not the performances alone.


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Aug 08, 2014
  • phantomas rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

phantomas thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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