See How Brief Movies Become When They're Cut to Only Lines Spoken By Minorities

See How Brief Movies Become When They're Cut to Only Lines Spoken By Minorities

Jul 09, 2015

Earlier this year, we posted the findings of a study proving audiences want more minorities in movies. Presumably, they also want these minorities to have significant roles and dialogue, enough to make today's discovery less noteworthy. We've come across a series on YouTube/Tumblr by Dylan Marron, in which he takes recent movies and isolates only the parts where a person of color speaks. It's even more upsetting than you'd think.

Take Her, for example. Spike Jonze's sci-fi drama is set in a future Los Angeles shot partly in Shanghai, and yet only 35 seconds of the two-hour movie feature lines spoken by anyone who isn't white (or a computer with a white person's voice). There's a slightly prominent Asian woman in the movie, the girlfriend of Chris Pratt's character, played by Laura Kai Chen, but she doesn't have a lot of screen time nor much to say. She gets 15 seconds to shine, as seen here:

Then there's Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky's ballet-based thriller that could apparently use some black actors. There may be some in the background, but real-life physical therapist Michele Rodriguez Nouel is the only person of color with dialogue, and her lines only account for 18 seconds of the 108-minute movie. See Marron's cut here:

Marron has only been doing these videos for a few weeks and with today's Wedding Crashers posting he's up to just 12 titles. Hopefully he keeps it going with a lot more. So far, at 49 seconds, Friends With Benefits is the winner for the longest running time for dialogue spoken by people of color. Running a close second is American Hustle, which is particularly disappointing given the movie is centered around a real-life scheme where a Mexican guy pretends to be an Arab. Watch that one below:

And then the sorriest example Marron has so far is Noah, which has no dialogue spoken by a person of color, as illustrated in this video that shouldn't be mistaken for a joke:




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