Directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan, starring Bernie Mac, Ashton Kutcher, Zoe Saldana, Judith Scott, Hal Williams, Kellee Stewart and RonReaco Lee.
We've had one too many of these films already for the likes of 'Guess Who' to just slip by inoffensively. With every new 'in-laws' film the expectation is raised. Think of films like 'Meet the Parents', same premise but a lot funnier, and you'll feel more than a little let down by this effort. 'Guess Who' just never really hits the mark. Sure, there are some laughs but in the end not half enough to sustain this dated remake of the 1967 movie 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?'
Ashton Kutcher plays Simon Green, an investment broker who is out to impress his future in-laws. The only problem is he's 'whiter than white' in the eyes of his new family! Theresa (Saldana) is his beautiful, African-American girlfriend, who sees no problem with the racial divide that those around them are hell-bent on emphasising. Throw in some badly-placed but well-intentioned jokes about skin pigments, offered by a gullible Simon, and what have you got? An amusing but very shallow film called 'Guess Who'.
Here's the deal: Simon is being dragged home to Theresa's house to meet the parents, Percy Jones (Mac) and his wife Marilyn (Scott). Here's the problem (or problems!): Firstly he's a white boy; secondly he's unemployed, but more importantly he's living with Percy Jones' daughter. Poor Simon has a lot of sucking up to do, but with Percy already stressed about renewing his vows to Marilyn, it seems he could not have picked a worse weekend to sweet-talk his future daddy-in-law.
The usual chaos ensues as Simon tries to hide his job situation from Percy, who vows to push him to the limits, in an effort to prove that he is not good enough to marry his daughter. There's a high-speed go-karting accident, a dancing lesson and finally a warming of hearts as Percy realises that Simon might not be the threat he initially considered him to be. The young man even manages to teach him a thing or two - yes, it's that predictable.
Bernie Mac aptly captures the larger-than-life Percy Jones father figure, set in his ways and overly-protective of his daughters. Kutcher perhaps exposes himself as more a natural comedian than an actor but, that said, seems relatively at home as the squirmy, fearful son-in-law Simon, who can't do right for doing wrong.
This is one of those movies that you watch to pass a couple of hours when you can think of nothing better to do, and then realise after that there's always something better to do.