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Guess Who
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08.09.2005 By: Quigles
Guess Who order
Director:
Kevin Rodney Sullivan

Actors:
Ashton Kutcher
Bernie Mac
Zoe Saldana

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Theresa and Simon are an interracial couple who are off for a weekend with her parents. Thereís only problem Ė they donít know that Simonís white. And as such, Simon and Theresaís father, Percy, donít quite see eye to eye. Awkwardly funny gags follow suit.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
NOTE: I have not seen the 1967 classic, GUESS WHOíS COMING TO DINNER, so donít expect any comparisons.

Take MEET THE PARENTS, but replace the awkward jokes about Stiller being a nurse, having the name Focker, etc. with humor directed at Kutcher dating the daughter of an African American family (with leading man of the house, the Mac man). There you have it; GUESS WHO in a nutshell. That said, the movie actually gets a lot right, surprisingly. What could have turned into a complete bore of a film actually manages to churn out a consistent number of funny one-liners, comically uncomfortable gags, and smile-inducing situations. Nothing groundbreaking (or even remotely original), to be sure, but with the combination of Kutcherís natural charm and undeniable likeability (for me at least), as well as Bernie Macís hard-as-nails attitude and threatening stares (which, by the way, could probably make a mule keel over), this semi-remake is actually enjoyable enough to certainly recommend a rental. Besides, Zoe Saldana is a friggin hottie!

Unfortunately, the movie also gets a lot wrong, too. Near the end of the movie, the movie gets way too sentimental, and there arenít any jokes in sight to keep it together. This movie is good for a few laughs, but the actual love story portrayed isnít all that interesting, and I got tired of it fairly quick. This leaves you with a sore feeling after the movie is finished, so when all is said and done, it comes across as extremely forgettable (which in all honesty, it really is). Iíd rank GUESS WHO in between MEET THE PARENTS and MEET THE FOCKERS. Which is to say, itís not nearly as laugh-out-loud funny and memorable as PARENTS, but it is indisputably more rewarding and enjoyable than FOCKERS. So if you liked either of those flicks, youíre sure to at least partially enjoy this. Then again, you might already be worn out from watching the billion other movies concerning in-laws (such as MONSTER-IN-LAW, THE IN-LAWS, and many others Iím too lazy to look up).
THE EXTRAS
One word can accurately describe this entire DVD: standard. That includes this set of extras.

Commentary (with director Kevin Sullivan): Once he gets past praising everyone, Sullivan manages to deliver a very technical commentary, explaining behind-the-scenes tidbits about how the film was put together, what was improvised, and more moderately interesting stuff. Worth checking out.

Gag Reel (4:09): A very funny collection of ad-libbing and bloopers, many of which involve bleeped cussing. Kutcher and Mac are so funny together, and itís really evident during the slow-motion pillow-football scene.

Deleted Scenes (9:20 Ė with optional commentary): There are 7 relatively brief cut scenes, each with informative commentary detailing why they were let go. Some of these are pretty funny, primarily the alternate introductory scenes for Kutcher.

Love is the Melody: The Making of Guess Who (20:38): A very standard, by-the-numbers piece that uncovers practically every major scene in the movie, except without actually informing us of anything. Not worth watching.

There is also a collection of 12, count Ďem, 12 Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As a rental, you can do no better than GUESS WHO. There are plenty of guffaws to make it worth your while, even though it might come across as rather lame on repeated viewings. Fans of the awkward yet hilarious moments in MEET THE PARENTS should be able to appreciate a lot of what this flick has to offer, so if youíre one of them, be sure to pick it up at your local video store.
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