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Guess Who (2005)

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43

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 148
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 85

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.

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Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 28

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.

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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

PG-13,

Comedy

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David Ronn, Jay Scherick

Aug 2, 2005

$68.0M

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All Critics (157) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (85) | DVD (21)

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

April 2, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
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The film is predictable and its humor is tension free.

March 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I say sometimes that scripts get rewritten too much. I don't know if this one got rewritten too much or not enough, but I wish they had given it another go and tried to strike a more consistent tone.

March 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The timing of nearly every gag is just half a beat off, and that half-beat is a killer.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Let's just say that, on the charge of comedic intentions, the cinematic jury is still out.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Might provide a much-needed fix for Mac's most ardent fans, but they'll have to wait for a star vehicle that fully exploits the range of his comic gifts.

March 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Update on Poitier classic isn't as memorable.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

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

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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.

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

In the first place, the film doesn't aim high enough. In the second place, it falls short of that unambitious goal.

June 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

the movie is little more than an interracial riff on Meet the Parents, but it's consistently funny, and it's enough of a riff to make it feel fresh.

May 6, 2005 Full Review

Kutcher does a good job of reigning in his likeable idiot persona from That 70s Show and Dude, Where's My Car? to the point where you almost - but not quite - buy him as a high-flying stockbroker type.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The laughs are few and far between.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com

'If there was any doubt that Bernie Mac is a movie star, "Guess Who" erases it.'

April 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

...never loses its focus on providing laughs. And it does that with a surprising consistency that demonstrates an ability to appeal, fittingly, to a wide and diverse audience.

April 15, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Is it a compliment to say that "Guess Who" is better than "Booty Call?" More compelling than "Texas Rangers?" Superior to "B*A*P*S?" Guess not.

April 15, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

I laughed at the interplay and think anyone should enjoy this fun film.

April 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

If Sullivan wasn't so reliant on plot gimmicks, Guess Who might have been a full-course meal instead of finger food.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

While Guess Who gets some mileage out of its black and white issues, it's more focused on being the interracial romantic comedy answer to Meet the Parents.

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Oh well, Bernie. There's always "Ocean's 13" to look forward to.

April 8, 2005 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

If you never even begin to compare this film to the classic that inspired it ... then it's a perfectly enjoyable bit of fluffy farce.

April 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

To say that the whole question of race in this movie is only skin- deep is an insult to the strength and elasticity of skin.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

The film does pop off some huge belly laughs before the formula gets the better of it.

April 4, 2005

There are moments when it seems Kutcher might look right into the camera and say, 'Ready to see me walk right into another impossibly stupid faux pas?'

April 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Guess Who

Offensive, to some audiences, Guess Who is an unfunny modern view of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
July 23, 2012
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.
September 17, 2011
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Chris Weber

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Very funny!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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Bernie Mac is hilarious! He keeps this average movie going, which makes it soo much better!
January 13, 2010
KJ Proulx

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