Flashback Flicks is when we feature a movie made a decade or more ago. We try to focus on movies that are available through a streaming service or somewhere easily online, that way you can join in on the fun! Have you seen the movie before? Sound off and let us know what you think.
Guess Who (2005) starring Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show, Butterfly Effect), an early-career Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar), and the late Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show, Oceans Eleven). Is a fun rom-com about a loveable Kutcher trying to win over the over-bearing father-in-law, played by Mac. The movie has some shining and endearing moments that make you frustrated to love the characters of this movie.
I feel that the homophobia displayed by Mac’s character and the interracial prejudice in the NY/NJ setting may not hold up as well in 2018 and can make the viewer suspend disbelief (side note – these observations are coming from a point of privilege for this writer.. and maybe I exist in a fish-bowl, but it’s hard to picture many people like this). Dated views aside, the laughs are light enough and ubiquitous throughout to prevent it from hurting the film too much.
The plot is nothing revolutionary, but this is a fun movie. It’s not receiving a higher score because it follows the rom-com formula too predictably and has some content that doesn’t feel to hold up as well over time. However, that doesn’t stop it from achieving its goal of making the audience laugh. Check it out, and let us know if you agree or not!
Currently available to stream on Netflix (as of 6/11/2018)
Guess Who – 6/10