October 25, 2014
We went into Dear White People expecting some gut-busting, tear-rolling, cheek-cracking laughs. No. Not so much. This is not a comedy.
Depending on your own experience and sensibilities, you will laugh at some point during the movie. But it will probably be the uncomfortable laugh. And someone in the theater might look at you sideways.
A few character reveals hit me in the stomach. Like the “not feeling black enough for the black or white crowd” thing. And the “knowing the other kids are looking at you weird because one of your parents is white” thing. So the laughter was more the “yeah, I know what that’s like and it’s really messed up” kind of laughter.
Note: Pay attention to the credits. I almost missed them. They pack a wallop.