Guess Who (2005)



Critic Consensus: Despite the chemistry of its stars, Guess Who, a loose remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, lacks the political relevance of the original.

Movie Info

A man gets a very big surprise when he meets his prospective son-in-law in this comedy. Percy Jones (Bernie Mac) is the understandably proud father of Theresa (Zoe Saldana), a beautiful and intelligent young woman living in New York City. When Percy learns that his daughter is dating someone and things are getting serious, he decides to do some research, and learns that her beau is a solid businessman. Percy arranges to meet the young man, but is a bit taken aback when he comes face to face with … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related humor)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: David Ronn, Jay Scherick, Peter Tolan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 2, 2005
Box Office: $68.0M
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as Percy Jones

as Simon Green

as Theresa

as Marilyn Jones

as Howard Jones

as Keisha Jones

as Darlene
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Critic Reviews for Guess Who

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42)

Mac and Kutcher have proved themselves better comics than actors, but both give charming, subtle performances here.

April 2, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Update on Poitier classic isn't as memorable.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Here's a comedy premised on racial unease, and it's too timid to uncork actual racial humor.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

A bland rom-com that seems afraid of its own subject matter.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

Full Review… | October 3, 2006
Movies for the Masses

A rule: any time you see the movie's stars racing in go-karts, it's because the script ran out of funny things to do.

Full Review… | August 2, 2005

Audience Reviews for Guess Who

Offensive, to some audiences, Guess Who is an unfunny modern view of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This is a loose remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner with a race reversal, but it seems to have far more in common with Meet the Parents (with a racial twist). Unlike the 1967 film, this bypass serious drama and instead goes for the path of farce. In a way, this film really doesn't have a lot of impact. In 1967, interracial relationships were a far more touchy subject. Now they really aren't that big of a deal. Also, by going for the farce route, there's not really a lot of substance here. There are a couple of really good scenes that go in that direction, but this is mostly just a racial comey of mistrust and misunderstanding. This kind of thing has been done before as well, and also better.

This is still mildly passable and decent entertainment though. I laughed a handful of times, enjoyed the performances, and really enjoyed the dinner table scene. That's the best scene, and also happens to be the one touching upon something more deep and meaningful. It's a shame that the rest of the film couldn't be like that.

As I said though, this is still an okay film as is. Saldana and Kutcher are both decent, but each has delivered better than this. This is really Bernie Mac's movie. He does a great job of playing the suspicious, sardonic, and mistrusting father who's not too impressed with her's daughter's white fiancee. He's got good chemistry with the rest of the cast, and is just a lot of fun to watch.

You don't have to see this movie (even though I am mildly recommending it), but if you do, see it for the performances (especially Mac's), and the aforementioned dinner table scene.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Very funny!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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