Brave New Review: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now?


Guess who’s coming to dinner, America? A BLACK PRESIDENT! Well, half-black, anyway.

With Barack Obama’s historic inauguration, a half-black man will, in many ways, be joining the families of millions of not-black Americans in a way that our nation has never experienced before. So that seemed like the perfect time for me to see, for the very first time, Stanley Kramer’s groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 1967 classic, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. It’s a film about what happens when a white couple gets the surprising news that Dr. John Wade Prentice, an esteemed black doctor with the World Health Organization (played by Sidney Poitier), will literally be joining their family when he marries their young daughter, whom he has only known for ten days.

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