by Joe Mack
I eagerly anticipated this romantic comedy. All the reviews have been positive, and itís my favorite genre -- particularly at this time of the year. I settled in my seat, popcorn in hand, with a 99% White audience. The movie starts with a disembodied voice speaking about, of all things, 9/11!
The narrator stated that though we think the world is full of hate, he believes love is all around us. He cites as an example people hugging at airport terminals, and recounts the stories of the folks on the doomed airliners who all, he says, made calls of love -- not condemnation. Gee, I thought, what a weird beginning!
As it happened, "I ainít seen nothin' yet." The opening scene shows a beautiful bride -- blonde, blue eyed -- strolling down the aisle. The congregation was racially mixed, as is all the rage nowadays. However, I wasnít anticipating her groom being played by a very Black fellow. [The promotional photos for the American release don't show the Black actor or the scene as far as we've been able to determine -- but promo photos for the Brazilian market do, one of which is excerpted above. -- Ed.] To make sure we all got the message, this creature wasnít octoroon, or even high-yellow. He was as dark as a Kalahari Bushman after an afternoon of gazelle-skinning in the blazing sun. And his expression was devoid of that spark of intelligence which might have attracted the delicate English miss. As the happy couple lip-locked I had to look away.
I was startled by the next story, in which a nice looking White couple were shown engaged in intercourse on the set of a porno movie! I donít want to spoil the plot for you, but their love story was the most touching of the lot -- and the most believable! Be warned!
Another story involved a young White boy who tells his father heís fallen in love with someone at school. God, I thought, the way this movieís going his love interest has just got to be gay. I was wrong. She was a young lady -- but of mixed race! They showed her huge Black mother as married to an Aryan-looking man.
The production values and the classical music were wonderful in this film. But, as someone once said, ďYou can find a good biscuit in a garbage dump, but thatís not the place to look.Ē