Dear White People

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 60 Ratings

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  • Summary: At prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." Sam becomes president of the all-blackAt prestigious Winchester University, biracial student Samantha White begins her radio show, "Dear White People, the amount of black friends required not to seem racist has just been raised to two. Sorry, your weed man, Tyrone, doesn't count." Sam becomes president of the all-black residential hall Parker/Armstrong, whose existence is facing extinction in the name of diversification. TV reality show "Black Face/White Place" smells gold in Sam's story and decides to follow it, rejecting the proposal of fellow black student Coco Conners, who pitched her show "Doing Time at an Ivy League". The clamor over Sam's rise also becomes a career-defining opportunity for black misfit Lionel Higgins when he is asked to join the school's lily-white newspaper staff to cover the controversy, even though he secretly knows little about black culture. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Jul 6, 2015
    100
    Dear everyone – stop whatever you’re doing and go see Dear White People. One of the freshest, funniest and most vital films of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 23, 2014
    90
    Simien's film is one of those rare works that teach by appearing not to — you laugh at some of the antics, cringe at others, but the film is so entertaining you may forget you're learning something.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Boone
    Oct 17, 2014
    88
    It's fortunate that, like "The Social Network," Dear White People is so charismatic in form and style that we easily forgive its surfeit of priviliged narcissists.
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Oct 14, 2014
    80
    A title like that needs balls of brass to back it up. Luckily, this fiery college comedy from feature-debuting writer-director Justin Simien, loosely inspired by a series of scandalous black-face parties at all-white fraternities, is full of punchy intelligence and barely concealed anger.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 16, 2014
    75
    It’s true that satire is the perfect weapon of reason, and Justin Simien deploys it with resourcefulness, cool assurance and eagle-eyed aim.
  6. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jun 20, 2014
    75
    It’s an American film that talks about race with strong feeling, common sense and good humor; it’s an indie screenwriting-directing debut as polished as it is provocative; it’s a satire that also lets its characters be people; it’s a showcase of clever craft and direction as well as whip-smart comedic writing brought to life by a dedicated, charismatic cast that also conveys real ideas and emotion.
  7. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    Bristling with arguments about the complexities of black identity in a supposedly post-racial America, this lively and articulate campus-set comedy proves better at rattling off ideas and presenting opposing viewpoints than it does squeezing them into a coherent narrative frame.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Jun 17, 2015
    10
    Its wit and smart direction as well as its relevant topic is what makes this film so essential to watch. The film's writing is superb as wellIts wit and smart direction as well as its relevant topic is what makes this film so essential to watch. The film's writing is superb as well as the acting. But what really resonates is its overall message and themes that become almost unbearable to sit through - yet, its necessary. Expand
  2. Mar 16, 2015
    10
    Much has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is reallyMuch has been said about the good parts of DWP, I do have some minor nitpicks with it. All in all, DWP is pretty bland, for what is really going on in America. The survival rate for encountering a traffic cop is now at 50-50. DWP doesn't address that at all. There's an lack of clever one liners about the white - black thing
    Also, DWP does a poor job of explaining "blacks can be prejudiced, but they can't be racist".
    A better way of putting that would be: Blacks can never enjoy white privilege.
    And DWP does a poor job of addressing the "Racism is over because of Obama" hypocrisy. As long as whites are still 99 percent of all doctors, lawyers, bankers and wealth and income, racisims isn't over.

    Having said that, DWP is a cleverly constructed film, with something to say, which mixes personal storylines well with the larger message. It's funny to everyone except to Angry Whites aka racists.

    The acting, directing, script, cinematography etc. etc. is superb.
    I would have like more Ebony and Ivy witticisms, I really missed those.
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  3. Oct 20, 2014
    9
    Definitely funny, poignant and just plain 'On Time'. Go see it!
    It perfectly captures the racial era we are currently in and if you've gone
    Definitely funny, poignant and just plain 'On Time'. Go see it!
    It perfectly captures the racial era we are currently in and if you've gone to a university as a person of color you can definitely relate.
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  4. Oct 22, 2014
    8
    The indie film, Dear White People highlights an image that most non-white, college educated, ethnicities has seen their life. The image ofThe indie film, Dear White People highlights an image that most non-white, college educated, ethnicities has seen their life. The image of walking into a college campus setting and see the abundance of blonde hair and blue eyes. Automatically may have someone with darker hue skin feel as if they are in the wrong setting. Ethnic diversity is no longer hiding in the background but diversity holds place in front of our eyes. Dear White People is a reminder of things that I do, Hispanics are said to hardly leave tip and I sometimes do not. I try to justify why I tip a certain amount of money due to the service I was provided. I have once tipped of large amount so that I won’t be judged as a typical Hispanic that does not leave tip money.
    Dear White People highlights the importance of millennial to recognize opportunities we have and to use them properly to propel towards equality for all races. Although millennial do have the fortune of having technological support, it is important to understand that we also have to keep focus on issues that are relevant to our generation. As a generation of millennial, we must act upon unequal treatments that affect our generation. We must commit and not become distracted with the fast-pace technological life and focus on what truly matters to us. We must discuss, and use our generation’s gift, technology, with each other and not at each other in regards to equal treatment.
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  5. Jan 13, 2015
    7
    It's a nice little movie.

    While the narrative is a bit of a mess, "Dear White People" is an enjoyable experience. It is about as
    It's a nice little movie.

    While the narrative is a bit of a mess, "Dear White People" is an enjoyable experience. It is about as politically important as marshmallow topping but is fun to watch.
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  6. Oct 30, 2014
    6
    The trailer for this film (click on the link below) looks like a sassy sendup on stereotypes. As happens sometimes, those are the only 2 1/2The trailer for this film (click on the link below) looks like a sassy sendup on stereotypes. As happens sometimes, those are the only 2 1/2 minutes of comedy in the film. The rest takes a satirical, but serious look at racial dynamics, college politics and personal relationships. It's set at a fictional college where residential hall rivalries cause conflict. Surprisingly, in all the cultural discussion, there's a positive subplot about gay issues. The performances are genuine, but writer/director Justin Simien holds too tightly to his messages, which gives the dialogue too much didactic weight. Young people might enjoy the MTV-tinged drama, but don't go expecting lots of laffs. Expand
  7. Sep 14, 2015
    0
    A clearly racist and stereotyped movie against white people. Turn the title around and put Black instead of white and everybody would be up inA clearly racist and stereotyped movie against white people. Turn the title around and put Black instead of white and everybody would be up in arms. But its ok if other races do it. I for one am about being equal to all and not stereotyping anyone. This is a good example of why we are still so far apart with being an equal society with junk like this. By the way I'm black. Expand

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