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film criticism by maryann johanson | since 1997

Black or White movie rating: yellow light

Black or White yellow light Jillian Estell

Really great performances from Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, but this inspired-by-fact tale of a white maternal grandfather and black paternal grandmother fighting for custody of their mixed-race grandchildren only just skims the many provocative issues it touches on, and is rather anticlimactic in the end.
I’m “biast” (pro): love Costner and Spencer

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Black or White for its representation of girls and women.


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Black or White (2014)
US/Can release: Dec 03 2014
UK/Ire release: direct to VOD

MPAA: rated PG-13 on appeal for brief strong language, thematic material involving drug use and drinking, and for a fight
BBFC: rated 12 (infrequent strong language, racist language, drug references, violence)

viewed on my iPad

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