Dear White People

October 17th, 2014


Dear White People

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The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college converge after controversy breaks out due to the ill-conceived theme of the campus humor magazine's annual Halloween party.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 6.6/10 (3,926 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Justin Simien

Stars: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner

A satire that follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular 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 universal story of forging one's unique path in the world.

Tyler James Williams - Lionel Higgins
Tessa Thompson - Sam White
Kyle Gallner - Kurt Fletcher
Teyonah Parris - Colandrea 'Coco' Conners
Brandon P Bell - Troy Fairbanks
Brittany Curran - Sofia Fletcher
Justin Dobies - Gabe
Marque Richardson - Reggie
Malcolm Barrett - Helmut West
Dennis Haysbert - Dean Fairbanks
Peter Syvertsen - President Fletcher
Brandon Alter - George
Kate Gaulke - Annie (as Katie Gaulke)
Brian James - Martin
Keith Myers - Mitch


Official Website: Official site

Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 18 January 2014

Filming Locations: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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Did You Know?

The invitation for the party as shown in the trailer is almost verbatim the invitation for a real life party that occurred at the University of California, San Diego, on February 10th, 2010. The synopsis and film take many cues from the UCSD "Compton Cookout," an event run by one African American but attended by UCSD's predominately white and Asian student body. The event itself went fine, but news about it prompted a massive uproar on campus. See more »

User Review


Rating: 8/10

I give this movie an 8. It is funny, but can be uncomfortable at times. Its a movie I do not expect everybody to get. Like Spike Lee's do the right thing, It will make some feel uncomfortable and immediately go on the defense- which in turn makes them not appreciate the comedy the writing, the cast or the message.

This movie shows real people, real thoughts, real characters. It not glossed over , sugar coated characters ( nor extremist).

The movie offers different view points on what it is like to be a black person in this suppose to be "post racial" country that we live in.

I would give it a look, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie!


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