Movie about interracial dating
is also getting notice for Smith’s noteworthy costar, the effortlessly easy on the eyes Margot Robbie. This is good, compelling stuff, but the curve pitch comes in the subplot, in which “C” falls hard for African-American high school beauty Jane Williams (played by the criminally gorgeous, future never attempts to preach any easy answers on race relations. Except for the fact that the couple involved on screen is Black (Sanaa Lathan) and White (Simon Baker).Surprisingly, this is Smith’s first true onscreen romance with a white woman (no, the 2008 superhero comedy doesn’t really count). In the late ’60s, Calogero’s Bronx ’hood is experiencing full on integration, sparking tension and violence between Whites and Blacks, as mutually smitten Calogero and Jane struggle to go forward in their complex reality. Beyond that, the plot is pretty much standard stuff: successful, career-obsessed and still single woman (Lathan’s Kenya Mc Queen) is looking for some much needed romance. Kenya’s friends and family disapprove of their budding relationship. (2014) The punch line to this smart, scathing, laugh-inducing send-up of collegiate life, set in the predominately White college Winchester University, could have been handled as a cheap stunt.From there, thankfully treats the sidebar relationship like any other racially fueled hookup. He meets fellow asylum resident Rachael (yep, that’s D-Wade’s better half, Gabrielle Union) who believes she’s the reincarnation of Adolph Hitler.
The couple share some pretty heartbreaking, dark secrets (haunting foster care experiences, an imprisoned father, sexual abuse…) and try to make it together on the outside, but quickly find out that their pasts may be too much to get around.
But back in ’57, a Black and White relationship could have severe legal implications, and in some cases death.
(Emmett Till was savagely murdered just two years prior for allegedly whistling at a White woman.) Which brings us back to , a work that tackles interracial romances from various angles.
It’s a curious fact considering that the attractive pair—who team up to uncover a string of murders, including the assassination of two Supreme Court judges—seem all but headed for a serious hook-up.
But alas, , which became a major box office hit, was criticized by observers who called out the film’s tepid avoidance of the sexual elephant in the room.
Everything pretty much blows up after Angie tells her girlfriends she’s seeing a Black guy.