GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER

"Love Unites Everyone"

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Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER follows the story of a young girl named Joanna after she brings her fiancé Dr. John Prentice home to her parents in San Francisco. Dr. Prentice is charming, intelligent, and handsome. Joanna’s parents are startled when they see that Dr. Prentice is also black. In addition, Dr. Prentice invites his parents to the family dinner to meet Joanna, and they too are surprised that she’s white. Will Joanna and John’s love endure despite the difficulty associated with a 1960s interracial relationship?

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER is very entertaining and is a progressive movie for its time. The movie has a fantastic cast that includes Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy. Although dated, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER promotes love, acceptance, family, and equality, and was criticized for not going far enough. Viewers unfamiliar with racial issues in the late 1960s might want to look up that history to give the movie some historical context. Also, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER contains some light foul language and outdated cultural terms. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-adolescent children.

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview extols marriage, love, acceptance, and equality, a man and woman love each other despite being different races, their families comes to accept if not embrace the situation, and the positive family priest character says their example of love will “change the country”

Foul Language:
16 light obscenities and one profanity, also there are some outdated terms regarding ethnicity

Violence:
No violence, but in once scene a man yells aggressively at his wife

Sex:
No sex, but characters embrace and hold hands

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Adults drink martinis and scotch, but no drunkenness depicted

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking and/or drug use, and;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Selfishness and young man and father have a tough talk about their relationship, duty and racial identity, but the son’s love smooths over their difficulties.

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER follows the story of a young girl named Joanna and her fiancé Dr. John Prentice as they break the news of their interracial relationship to their parents. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER promotes marriage, love and equality. However, GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER contains some foul language and outdated cultural terms. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-adolescent children.

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER begins with a woman named Joanna, and her fiancé Dr. John Prentice when they from a trip where they met. Joanna is white, and John is black, but are madly in love with each other.

Joanna’s parents live in an affluent San Francisco neighborhood, and she would like to bring John home to them. John believes that Joanna should give them a warning about the situation, but Joanna insists there will be no problem. John and Joanna arrive at her parent’s home, and John uses her father’s study to make a phone call. While John is on the call, Joanna explains to her mother about the wonderful man she had just met in Hawaii. Joanna’s mother is joyful, but when John walks into the room she is shocked.

John informs Joanna’s mother that he is an intelligent doctor that has been associated with Yale, the World Health Organization and tropical medicine in Africa. She is impressed and begins to develop a bond with him. However, Joanna’s father is displeased and believes that the relationship will have too many obstacles. John and Joanna decide to stay for dinner so that John can get more acquainted with her parents.

Also, John’s parents call him and, as a surprise, tell him they’re flying to San Francisco to meet Joanna. They arrive at dinner and are shocked to see that Joanna is a white woman. The two families have dinner together, but the mothers and fathers have very different opinions. Joanna’s mom and John’s mom agree they just want their children to be happy, but the fathers disagree because they feel an interracial relationship would be too difficult. Meanwhile, John tells Joanna’s father that the marriage won’t make sense unless he and his wife give Joanna their blessing to marry John.

Can the others persuade the fathers to give the couple their blessing?

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER is very entertaining. The movie has a fantastic cast that includes Katharine Hepburn, Sidney Poitier and Spencer Tracy. The dramatic highlights are Tracy’s big speech at the end, and a moving scene between the doctor and his father, a humble mailman. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER has elements that promote love, acceptance, family, and equality and was criticized for not going far enough. For example, a man and a woman love each other despite being different races, their family comes to accept the situation and the family priest says their example of love will “change the country.” In addition, the movie covered history of the time about interracial marriage during 1967 which helped add context. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER contains some light foul language and outdated cultural terms. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for pre-adolescent children.

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