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Guess Who
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by Mark Rodger-Snelson

"Guess Who is missing an essential ingredient for a comedy - humour."
2 stars

Taking a direct influence from the 1967 film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Guess Who owes more to Meet the Parents with a little Father of the Bride in there as well. Unfortunately Guess Who does not scale the heights of any of its inspirations and seriously lacks the humour one should expect from a romantic comedy.

Where the original was about a white woman bringing a black man home for the weekend, this remake reverses the racial roles and has Theresa (Zoe Saldana) as black woman bringing her successful stock market whiz boyfriend, Simon (Ashton Kutcher) home on the weekend of her parents 25th wedding anniversary celebrations. Through his banking connections, Theresa’s father Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) has already had him checked out and likes what he sees on paper; a great job, good investments and a healthy credit rating but what he doesn’t know is that he is as white as they come and not quite the Denzel Washington/Tiger Woods hybrid that he had hoped for.

When Percy realises that he’s daughter’s relationship is possibly altar bound he takes a strong mistrust to Simon and is determined to expose him as not being worthy of Theresa’s hand in marriage. Although Percy tries to convince those around him that it has nothing to do with Simon’s skin tone it is obvious that it is an issue. What follows is a series of events that generally go very wrong as Simon attempts to win Percy’s trust

Guess Who is full of good intention but for a comedy is lacking one main ingredient – laughs. At the screening that I attended I only heard about three audible chuckles. Admittedly there are moments that make you smile mainly from Bernie Mac’s overbearing dad but he has done so much better before. Then there is Ashton Kutcher’s performance which falls flat and is incredibly dry. Maybe if Meet the Parents did not exist there would be more to like about Guess Who but this leaves you wondering why they bothered when the former was so successful with this format. Sure, the race issue is a new ingredient but is it really necessary and as relevant in 2005 as it was when the original was made back in 1967? I don’t think so.

There’s no need to rush out to the cinema for this one. It may well pass as a bit of Sunday night fluff when it comes out on DVD or is aired on TV but only if there are no other options.

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User Comments

6/22/15 David Hollingsworth So this is a comedy? 1 stars
9/07/14 Jamie I was surprised how charming it was 4 stars
9/30/12 roscoe Enjoyable 1st hour, but terrible last 3rd. Plus, it is a Meet the Parents rip off. 3 stars
1/12/09 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 4 stars
9/30/06 Stanley Thai It's a good comedy. 4 stars
7/21/06 Frank Rountree not very funny, doesn't come close to the hype 2 stars
2/17/06 Alice Thought it was a comedy, did not laugh once.. 2 stars
1/10/06 JM Synth Awkward subject not handled that well, but better than I expected 3 stars
11/22/05 J.D. Pittman III An unfitting name, but funny besides. Ashton and Bernie are good together. 4 stars
10/18/05 marie berry Very funny, love has no color!!! 5 stars
10/11/05 Tom Burns Not that bad. Has some laughs. 4 stars
9/20/05 Jonathon Holmes guess what? We all got Punk'd at the movie theaters! 1 stars
9/18/05 tony a one hit wonder by ashton kutcher 4 stars
8/20/05 ES for a comedy it wasn't very funny, a lot of racial slandering, more of a love story really 3 stars
8/13/05 Z Poorly written, directed, produced, edited, acted even titled. dissapointingly unfunny. 2 stars
8/04/05 Bad Critic Just a crappy take on Meet the Parents. Dont waste your time or money. 1 stars
4/15/05 shatonjia Ashton Kutcher, don't quit Punk'd... U R much funnier there. 2 stars
4/09/05 Tanya Grays very funny 4 stars
4/03/05 Casey I LOVED IT! Was very funny and Ashton was very charming. 5 stars
4/02/05 jeff mack is halarious 5 stars
3/30/05 Skeeve Thanks, I already ate. 2 stars
3/29/05 Mary Mack - Good, Kutcher - killed the whole project 1 stars
3/27/05 Naka They still expect people to pay MONEY to go see Ashton Kutcher??? 1 stars
3/26/05 Kristina Williams Spencer Tracy just rolled over in the grave. 1 stars
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  25-Mar-2005 (PG-13)
  DVD: 02-Aug-2005



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