A title like that needs balls of brass to back it up. Luckily, this fiery college comedy from feature-debuting writer-director Justin Simien, loosely inspired by a series of scandalous black-face parties at all-white fraternities, is full of punchy intelligence and barely concealed anger. We follow four characters—nerdy gay outsider Lionel (Tyler James Williams), alpha-male son-of-the-dean Troy (Brandon P. Bell), consummate people pleaser Coco (Teyonah Parris) and radical firebrand Sam (Tessa Thompson)—as they attempt to navigate the sociopolitical minefield of so-called postracial America within the microcosm of a prestigious, privileged university campus.
There’s no escaping the fact that Dear White People is a bit of a mess: The plot meanders, the characters don’t come into focus until fairly late in the game, and the script’s tunnel-visioned unwillingness to wrestle with the class and gender issues inherent in its story can be disappointing. But where it scores big is its wealth of ideas—visual, emotional, cultural—and its deep well of bitter, voice-of-experience rage: A climactic frat-party smackdown makes for giddy, heart-in-throat viewing.
|Release date:||Friday July 10 2015|
Cast and crew
|Cast:||Tyler James Williams
Brandon P. Bell
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Dear White People: Only saw the trailaer but can't find where it is showing ... looks like a good movie .. honest and funny . Great combination!
As a black person, it's sooo refreshing to see the issues affecting minorities dramatised beautifully and causing the watchers to stop and think. Racism is still so pervasive in our society, and no one. Wants to talk about it.
You won't leave the cinema hating white people, but you'll laugh at the common experiences shown, and hopefully open in discussion about how we should treat each other.