November 11th, 2008
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? is a movie that depicts the time in which it was made and therefore can only function as a primary source and not a secondary one. This movie attempts to show how race and miscegenation were thought of in the 1960’s. It does so quite well, but it also shows us how other things, such as gender, were thought of without ever intending to. The movie, at its core, holds an optimistic view that race will be overcome, perhaps entirely, in its future. While things have certainly improved, this optimism seems almost as naïve as the character of Joanna, who thinks it inconceivable that her parents would object to her marrying an African-American.