Dear White People

2014 "A satire about being a Black face in a white place."
6.1| 1h48m| en
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Four black students attend an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over an “African-American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film explores racial identity in 'post-racial' America while weaving a story about forging one's unique path in the world.

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Afouotos Although it has its amusing moments, in eneral the plot does not convince.
Maidexpl Entertaining from beginning to end, it maintains the spirit of the franchise while establishing it's own seal with a fun cast
Voxitype Good films always raise compelling questions, whether the format is fiction or documentary fact.
Ella-May O'Brien Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
sleepycatfarm I'm Caucasian American and not at all racial toward someone for their skin color. I resent the generalization of this title. Just because I'm 'white' doesn't mean I'm racial. I was raised 'red, yellow, black or white; they are precious in his sight'. Truthfully, it makes me want to end my relationship with Netflix. I feel sick to my stomach that the line has been so blatantly drawn without even watching the series. Signed, Disappointed
ahachild It's a Satirical Comedy. Some people may be offended by the candid nature of the material. I think the writers and cast handled the subject matter in a very mature fashion. I was initially jarred, yes. But then I kept watching. I noticed I have had a few shared experiences and feelings regarding some of the things depicted. Great cast who carry the material with the grace and care it deserves. Definitely a conversation starter. Relationship end-er depending on the crowd.I think most people can relax and enjoy a laugh. Admit we live in a VERY PC society. Your reaction to this film may show your true colors.
arseniy Some thoughts: (1) The filmmakers do far too much hiding of their own opinions in the various opinions presented here. (2) I bet however, that they do believe things like "black people can't be racist". Exposing the ever-self-serving corresponding absurdity, being as simple as looking up the word "racist" in the damn dictionary. Instead of putting up a highly-specialized/strawman definition, only to pretend that it's THE definition. (3) There are actual slaves in the world. Right now. Millions of them. Moreover, even in the US, there is both very real slavery and very real racism. Not dumb college kids responding to faux-civil-rights-crusader bait and wearing some dumb costumes at some dumb private party. No. People are actually being forced away from their health and freedom based on race and class - in the US - as we speak. Black people, brown people, Asian people, even white people (see: Eastern European sex trafficking), etc. Exceedingly few of these grim realities, have very much to do at all - with what's depicted here. And if one is really concerned about such matters - one would find a way to reflect (at least SOME of) them in one's film. If however, one is selfishly concerned instead with the minutiae of one's own exceedingly-privileged (by world and even US standards) existence, while wanting to disguise oneself as a hard-issue-tackler - one would make a film just like this. (4) And if burying one's head this far up one's own rectum is an absolute must - I'd at least ask that there's a clear corresponding point. Which brings us back to (1) above.(5) Perhaps I'm being too harsh, but when people pretend to care about higher ideals, while their efforts are all too obviously aimed instead at merely serving themselves - I have trouble seeing anything else. Whether it's Fox News with their constant cry-bullying. Or what madness Nazi atrocities and such have been used to justify in the middle East. Or such, admittedly-milder, yet all-too-similar cases.
AntoineMDevine I was not sure how I felt about this film until gave it more thought after viewing it. I was thrown a bit because James was not really the star. I thought he might play the Greek chorus role, narrating and summarizing what was happening as the movie progressed. While Lionel had some impact toward the end, it seemed that he was just another student whose experiences came to the forefront on occasion in the midst of other events. His actions at the party seemed tacked on rather than a depiction of actual anger. He seemed too detached up to that event to care that much. The scene that struck me the most was when Dean Fairbanks (Dennis Haysbert-"The Unit") lectured his son. It was what he didn't say that was important. He told his son, in subtle terms, that hanging out and acting like the white frat boys would sink his ambitions. If Spike has written this speech, I believe he would have been more explicit. I believe Mr. Lee would have said, in no uncertain terms, that those "white boys" had their futures set for them as long as they didn't blow it completely. The path to the executive suite, law firm partnership or high political office was already theirs as long as they followed the tried and true path set for them by their parents. College was a just a step along the way. Graduation (not high grades) is all that is needed. He didn't tell him explicitly that these same people would be the ones leaking information about his past if he ever came in competition with them. Their families and friends could protect them; his could not. He would have told him that he was mistaken to believe that he was equal by merely attending the same school. That soliloquy and what it suggested comprised some of the movies' best lines.The party scene, offensive enough on its own, took on new meaning during the credits, which reported that parties like this one were occurring today at the nation's college campuses. A sad indictment that informs us the notion of racial equality is still a pipe dream in the US of A, generations from fruition. The children have, unfortunately, been "taught well."