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There is no comedy without conflict, and conflict only plays funny when it's a fair fight. The writers and director didn't do Mac any favors in letting him play a guy who doesn't recognize his own blind spots, and comically wrestle with them.
There's never a question how things will turn out. (If you don't know: Recent Hollywood movies about interracial romance usually turn out well if the guy is white and almost always end tragically if he's black.)
A consciously lightweight romantic comedy that pokes fun at racial stereotyping, it starts out a bit shaky but begins to cook as stars Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher find their chemistry, and by the film's end it's become pretty darn likable.
It's been a long time since the words 'Ashton Kutcher' and 'hilarious' have appeared in the same sentence, but they'll have to get reacquainted. Kutcher and costar Bernie Mac make a terrific comic team.
I'm not opposed to drawing from the well of movies past. But to remake one with such a dated and specific point of view, one that relies on the interracial relationship as hot button, is both lazy and uncomfortably nostalgic.
Putting an interracial love story on screen may have been bold in 1967, but by now it should be more casual than it is. The skittish, focus-grouped blandness of Guess Who comes through in the flavorlessness of the romance.