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Dear White People
- Tyler Jame Williams

Overview - A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist (and that drug dealers don't count), she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification. Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University's all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy.

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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 94
  • Color Format: (unknown/unconverted)
  • UPC: 031398209546
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2015

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Campus Life
Coming Of Age
Race Relations
Injustice
Social Issues
Satire
Friendships
Urban Life

 
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Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "The fun is nonstop, the cast is top-tier, and Simien is a talent to watch." - 10/16/2014 Rolling Stone


"[T]he nifty trick of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is that it manages to keep up its rapid-fire barrage of social criticism -- ceaselessly lobbing cherry bombs at the notion that race is no longer an issue in America -- while also allowing its ensemble to deepen into complicated, conflicted people." -- Grade: B+ - 10/16/2014 A.V. Club


"[T]he movie finds real power in its climax..." -- Grade: B - 10/17/2014 Entertainment Weekly


"[B]y addressing tough issues with biting humor, pop-culture savvy and snarky skepticism, it makes our messy national conversation about race and equality feel a bit more manageable." - 10/16/2014 Los Angeles Times


"[S]mart and fearless...knowing but not snarky, self-aware but not solipsistic, open to influence and confident in its own originality..." - 10/17/2014 New York Times


3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t's a clever, provocative and incisive social satire, with a particularly catchy title..." - 10/17/2014 USA Today


"Simien’s stylized, confrontational approach enables him direct access to his characters’ thoughts, ambitions, hang-ups and concerns in a way that a more naturalistic piece couldn’t have managed, and he grants them plenty of room to debate each other on all manner of topics..." - 01/19/2014 Variety


3 stars out of 4 -- "This alternately thoughtful and hilarious comedy of campus manners is the bracingly candid brainchild of first-time filmmaker Justin Simien..." - 10/16/2014 Washington Post


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[C]harismatic in form and style....[With] the brashness of very early Spike, particularly the campus cattiness of SCHOOL DAZE..." - 10/17/2014 RogerEbert.com


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Simien’s screenplay is tight, funny, smart and insightful, and his direction has just enough indie feel without becoming too self-conscious or preachy." - 10/23/2014 Chicago Sun-Times


5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t’s this formal rigour, the precise presentation of a hermetic world, which brings the satire into scalpel-sharp focus, allowing for the dense packaging of ideas and theories, jests and jibes, attacks and counterattacks." - 07/06/2015 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "The premise is strong and bold, and Simien has both a distinctive voice and decent directorial chops. Performances are uniformly strong..." - 07/03/2015 Empire

 
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