A satire about being a black face in a very white place. Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular ‘African American’ themed party thrown by white students.
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Dear White People is a comedy explicit about the topic of race, peppered with casual asides like, “Don’t worry, the negro at the door isn’t going to rape you.” If it’s less focused than the righteous sketch humour of Hollywood Shuffle, it is still witty, and Simien’s visual style is smooth and accessible, with a warm mahogany grade and a grace to the structure of chapter intertitles and tableaux vivants.
Just because Simien knows what he’s doing doesn’t mean it works, at least not entirely. Dear White People is less than the sum of its very polished parts – a first feature that’s just impressive enough to be frustrating.
The trouble is that the level of debate in the film makes Winchester feel like such a bastion of racial hyper-awareness that you can’t believe such a plainly incendiary shindig would ever happen there… Still, Simien’s actors save the film from feeling like a lecture. At its best, it’s many lectures at once, wittily delivered, rarely in accord, and interrupting each other with raucous abandon.
the right movie, done at the right time, about the right topic. America still sees 'color' as an obstacle and a danger. Being non-white in America is still a death sentence, is still a unemployment sentence, a prison sentence, a sentence; a curse. 'Get Out' was the summit of the outrage mountain. Gladly so.
Dear Internet People, why can't every culture be truly appreciated instead of yelling CULTURAL APPROPRIATION every time a white person bounces to a Kanye track or a black person eats sushi? Thank you. Bye.
One of the great revelations of the Obama era is just how touchy white people can get about race, as if the presence of other experiences and worldviews constitutes a threat. DWP caused a stir, but if you engage with it you'll see a film far more interested in offering ideas than imposing them. Rough, as indies can be: Simien stumbles heavily over his own plot. But the ideas are smart and he doesn't cop out on style.
so...this isn't the greatest movie ever but it confronts a number of issues lacking in most films. there are a number of issues within issue such as one of the main characters being gay, being out of the closet, and being Black when admitting he doesn't fit in with Black folks. I enjoyed the complexity of the racial tension but I would definitely suggest people take a look at Spike Lee's School Daze as a reference.
like 3.5,the shadow of Spike lee is too huge. Anyway, so black people can improve themselves only by joining the community and following a kind of black code...America. Weird tho. Maybe it's accurate. I'm black but i'm also french (and i'm also a philosophy student...), so the "all for the community" part is bugging me.
The idea of 'trading in sterotypes' is the point in this refreshing, relevant and satirical take on race. Tessa Thompson is dynamite as Sam White as the young media arts major thrust into the spotlight when she becomes her campus house leader. The film is willing to subvert its characters underlying fears, racism and stereotyping and the audience's as well. A film worth discovering and please no Lee comparisons.
Could have been titled Being Black in Neoliberal Times. Splendid homage to Spike Lee's School Daze. Simien confirms that in "post-racial" America as well as in "pre-racial" America, all that matters is the bottom line.
Good satire. Not sure exactly why it seemed patronizing to me. It's just one stage in human development. The problem is that some people don't make it past that stage into post-education. They carry their baggage with them wherever they go. Of course that's assuming that post-educated means more enlightened. Maybe you get some of that by the time you're 80.