Dear White People

Williams, Tyler James

SKU: 031398209577

UPC 031398209577
Release Date 2015-02-03
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 109
Format Color
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis 3.5 stars out of 5 -- The fun is nonstop, the cast is top-tier, and Simien is a talent to watch.[T]he nifty trick of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE is that it manages to keep up its rapid-fire barrage of social criticism -- ceaselessly lobbing cherry bombs at the notion that race is no longer an issue in America -- while also allowing its ensemble to deepen into complicated, conflicted people. -- Grade: B+[T]he movie finds real power in its climax... -- Grade: B[B]y addressing tough issues with biting humor, pop-culture savvy and snarky skepticism, it makes our messy national conversation about race and equality feel a bit more manageable.[S]mart and fearless...knowing but not snarky, self-aware but not solipsistic, open to influence and confident in its own originality...3 stars out of 4 -- [I]t's a clever, provocative and incisive social satire, with a particularly catchy title...Simien’s stylized, confrontational approach enables him direct access to his characters’ thoughts, ambitions, hang-ups and concerns in a way that a more naturalistic piece couldn’t have managed, and he grants them plenty of room to debate each other on all manner of topics...3 stars out of 4 -- This alternately thoughtful and hilarious comedy of campus manners is the bracingly candid brainchild of first-time filmmaker Justin Simien...3.5 stars out of 4 -- [C]harismatic in form and style....[With] the brashness of very early Spike, particularly the campus cattiness of SCHOOL DAZE...3.5 stars out of 4 -- Simien’s screenplay is tight, funny, smart and insightful, and his direction has just enough indie feel without becoming too self-conscious or preachy.5 stars out of 5 -- [I]t’s this formal rigour, the precise presentation of a hermetic world, which brings the satire into scalpel-sharp focus, allowing for the dense packaging of ideas and theories, jests and jibes, attacks and counterattacks.4 stars out of 5 -- The premise is strong and bold, and Simien has both a distinctive voice and decent directorial chops. Performances are uniformly strong...A satirical portrait of race relations in early 21st-century America, writer/director Justin Simien's playfully perceptive feature debut tells the story of a biracial Winchester University student whose controversial radio show sparks a media frenzy of epic proportions. When Samantha White (Tessa Thompson) begins her radio program by declaring that white people will now be required to have two black friends in order to avoid appearing racist (and that drug dealers don't count), she immediately catches the attention of the all-black residential hall that is being forced out of existence due to diversification. Subsequently elected president of the hall, Samantha becomes the subject of a reality show that deals with racial issues. Meanwhile, the Winchester University's all-white student newspaper staff mistakenly assumes that young black outcast Lionel Higgins (Tyler James Williams) is an expert on black culture, and recruits him to report on the brewing controversy.
Cast Paul Stewart (Music Director)
Scott Nabat (Post-Production Supervisor)
Topher Osborn (Director of Photography)
Zack Howard (Sound Re-Recording)
Justin Simien (Director)
Justin Simien (Screenwriter)
Melissa Pritchett (Set Decorator)
Dennis Haysbert (Star)
Craig Stepp (Co-Star)
Peter Syvertsen (Co-Star)
Michelle Wong (Co-Star)
Brian James (Co-Star)
Malcolm Barrett (Co-Star)
Brittany Curran (Co-Star)
Tyler James Williams (Star)
Tessa Thompson (Star)
Kyle Gallner (Co-Star)
Keith Myers (Co-Star)
Brandon Alter (Co-Star)
Teyonah Parris (Star)
Terry Hempleman (Co-Star)
Brandon Bell (Star)
Marque Richardson (Co-Star)
Kate Gaulke (Co-Star)
Bryan Porter (Co-Star)
Naomi Ko (Co-Star)
Ashley Blaine Featherson (Co-Star)
Jemar Michael (Co-Star)
Courtney Sauls (Co-Star)
Casey Millard (Co-Star)
Avery Bilz (Co-Star)
Baratunde Thurston (Co-Star)
Nia Jervier (Co-Star)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Deleted scenes and outtakes PSA series: The more you know about black people Racism insurance parody The making of dear white people featurette Get your life music video by Caught a Ghost DVRSE App: Black friends when you need them Leaked: Banned winchester U diversity video Cast with Director Commentary Director Commentary Widescreen - 1.78 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish DTS HD Master Audio - English, Spanish Subtitles - English, Spanish
Language English
Weight 0.20000
Height 0.75000
Width 5.50000
Depth 7.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Comedy,Feature Film Drama
Attribute Additional Footage,Director Cast Commentary,Includes Digital Copy,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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