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Guess Who (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 2005 (USA)
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A young woman, Theresa, brings her boyfriend, Simon, home to meet her parents and surprise them with the news of their engagement. Another surprise: Simon is white.

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William Rose (motion picture "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"), David Ronn (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernie Mac ... Percy Jones
Ashton Kutcher ... Simon Green
Zoe Saldana ... Theresa Jones (as Zoë Saldaña)
Judith Scott ... Marilyn Jones
Hal Williams ... Howard Jones
Kellee Stewart ... Keisha Jones
Robert Curtis Brown ... Dante
RonReaco Lee ... Reggie (as Ronreaco Lee)
Paula Newsome ... Darlene
Phil Reeves ... Fred
Sherri Shepherd ... Sydney
Nicole Sullivan ... Liz Klein
Jessica Cauffiel ... Polly
JoNell Kennedy ... Winnie (as Jonell Kennedy)
Niecy Nash ... Naomi
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Storyline

Percy and Marilyn are renewing their vows for their anniversary, and their daughter Theresa brings her boyfriend Simon for them to meet. Unbeknownst to her parents, the kids plan to announce their engagement during the weekend. The Jones family is Black; Theresa neglects to tell them Simon is White. Race complicates Percy's general mistrust of any boyfriend, so he instigates an investigation of Simon, discovering he's recently lost his job and hasn't told Theresa. Mistrust rears its ugly head, and in the process of Theresa and Simon's argument, Marilyn and Percy fall out. What can the men do to cross the divide between each other and between men and women? Will anyone be exchanging vows? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

His daughter's Mr. Right just turned out to be... Mr. White. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dinner Party See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,671,446, 27 March 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$68,915,888

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$103,075,949
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

During the scene where Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) and Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher) are riding in the car together, all the songs on the radio are about interracial romance (the Stories' "Brother Louie") or have something to do with race relations or race in general (Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory", and the chorus for Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" is introduced with the line, "And the colored girls go"), adding to the tension between the characters. See more »

Goofs

Right after the "NASCAR scene" in the kitchen, Theresa is shown taking off her jacket. The camera cuts to Simon, then back to Theresa and we see her taking off her jacket again. See more »

Quotes

Simon Green: Why can't black people listen to country music?
Keisha Jones: Why?
Simon Green: Because every time they say "hoe-down" they think their sister got shot!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits lists all names with no spaces, but with different fonts for given names and surnames. See more »


Soundtracks

Ebony and Ivory
(1981)
Written by Paul McCartney
Performed by Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of MPL Communications, Inc.
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Great Beginning, Awful Conclusion
28 January 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In New York, the Afro-American Theresa Jones (Zoë Saldaña) goes to the suburb of New Jersey with her Caucasian boy-friend Simon Green (Ashton Kutcher) for the renewal of the vows of her parents after twenty-five years marriage. Her father, the racist banker Percy Jones (Bernie Mac), does not accept the white Simon and does not give a break to Simon. In the end, love is beautiful, and all the family problems are fixed.

Although having the theme "visiting the family", which is very explored in comedies by Hollywood, the beginning of "Guess Who" is funny, with many hilarious racist situations. I laughed a lot, for example, with the confusion of Percy with the cab driver in the arrival of Simon to his house; or with the stupid dialogs of Simon with Percy, making the situations worse and worse. There are some jokes at the grandfather's dinner table that I did not understand (for example, the joke with the "ho" sister). Bernie Mac is simply perfect in the role of a very racist black man, and Aston Kutcher is very good in the role of an impulsive young guy that does not think before speaking. Indeed his character is too much silly to be a good and disputed professional in business. Unfortunately, in a certain moment the story become boring and corny, certainly for commercial interests in order to have a politically correct conclusion. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Família da Noiva" ("The Family of the Bride")


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