Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Review

I am a big fan of the classic ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad world’. So when I started watching ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ directed by the man who gave us the above comedy classic, Stanley Kramer, and featuring Spencer Tracy I expected a full length comedy. Astonishingly it is a serious drama, with a lighter tone. The film showcases the dilemma of a family whose daughter arrives announced with a ‘Colored’ man and tells them that she plans to marry him. This starts a set of troubling questions to all involved, except the girl. The father worries about the inter-racial marriage and the consequent problems; the mother is worried about her husband disapproving of their daughter’s choice and making their daughter unhappy; the man in question, beautifully played by Sidney Poitier, decides not to marry his love if her parents disapprove of this match; His father worries about his son getting into a whole lot of trouble marrying a ‘White’ girl. So they all debate, discuss, convince each other over a period of a day up until Dinner, when it all ends well.

The strength of the movie is not to over-dramatize the sensitive issue of the ‘race difference’. Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier bring life to the movie with their performances. Sidney Poitier delivers a powerhouse performance in the scene where he confronts his father in the study room and Spencer Tracy takes all the applause in the final scene. Stanley Kramer excels in handling such a sensitive issue with finesse. This is one classic which is a ‘must watch’.


~ by Jayanthan Ravi on February 7, 2011.

3 Responses to “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Review”

  1. Excellent movie Jay.. I dint know you had not seen this movie. I had this from a long time. Anyways good to know that you enjoyed it. I liked Spencer Tracy and Sidney Poitier.

  2. Love the review and loved the movie.. wondering y I havent wrote the review… 😉
    But yeah its a must watch and yes Sidney Poitier is one of the best actors of that generation.. sensational movie this was

  3. […] and how they need their parents approval for the marriage.You can see the review of this movie in who has very brilliantly written what I would have wanted to. Sidney Poitier who plays Dr Printice […]

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