Learning to Live and Love Together
Release Date: March 25, 2005
Starring: Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher,
Zoë Saldaña, and Judith
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 101 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan
Executive Producer: Betty Thomas, Steven Greener
and Joseph M. Caracciolo
Producer: Jenno Topping, Erwin Stoff and
Writer: David Ronn, Jay Scherick and
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Sony Pictures Entertainment
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GUESS WHO stars Ashton Kutcher as Simon Green, a young successful white stockbroker who’s become engaged to a beautiful black artist named Theresa Jones, played by Zoë Saldaña. Theresa wants to announce their engagement to her parents, Percy and Marilyn, during a party celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Theresa hasn’t told her parents, however, that Simon is white, and Simon hasn’t told Theresa that he just quit his job because of an ethical disagreement with his boss. To make matters worse, Theresa’s father Percy is indignant when Theresa presents her decidedly Caucasian boyfriend.
Once over his initial shock, Percy begins grilling Simon about sports. Simon becomes flustered and boasts about being a test driver for a famous NASCAR driver. Simon’s lie only increases Percy’s suspicions. Simon repeatedly tries to make a good impression, but Percy rebuffs him at every turn – with humorous results. Their conflict eventually causes problems between Simon and Theresa and problems between Percy and Marilyn.
Despite its formulaic plot, GUESS WHO provides enough good clean fun for teenagers and adults. The cast does a good job, especially Bernie Mac as the loving, but overprotective, father (should there be any other kind?). Ashton Kutcher plays well against Bernie’s take-no-prisoners style. GUESS WHO contains, however, some light sexual innuendo and foul language requiring a caution for older children. For example, Theresa’s father makes a joke about “shaking the sheets” with his wife, and it is clear that Theresa and Simon are sleeping together, which further alienates Simon from Percy. This content is done more tastefully than other romantic comedies, however, such as the aforementioned HITCH. GUESS WHO also contains some positive statements by Theresa’s father that he runs a Christian home.
Ultimately, the movie’s worldview is a Christian one about learning to live and love together, but MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for children.
Despite its formulaic plot, GUESS WHO provides enough good clean fun for teenagers and adults. The cast does a good job, especially Bernie Mac as the loving, but overprotective, father (should there be any other kind?). Ultimately, the movie’s worldview is a Christian one about learning to live and love together. The father even makes a couple comments about keeping a Christian home. The movie contains some light sexual innuendo and foul language, however, so caution for children is advised.