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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Civil rights, love, and family stress.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film deals with a couple that approaches their parents with their impending (and hotly contested) marriage. The main conflict revolves around disagreements between parents and their children about interracial marriage and the generation gap in general.

  • Families can talk about parent-child relationships and issues of tolerance. Do the problems facing our romantic partners still face people today? While pushing the envelope for the period, how might this film present an overly rosy version of racial unrest? What different perspectives do the various characters bring with regard to the issue of interracial marriage? The complex parental relationships also present fodder for productive conversation.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Includes excellent examples of both men and women who choose to fight the prevailing norms regarding interracial relationships. Though released at a time of great cultural conflict in the United States, the main characters stick by their convictions and emotions, rather than bending to social pressures.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some very minor drinking with meals.