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Movie Review: ‘Black Or White’ [Video]

Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell star in “Black Or White.” (Photo: Tracy Bennett / Relativity Media)

“Black or White” takes a long hard look at the current state of race relations in America.

It’s not heavy handed. Instead, the film holds a mirror up to our face and makes us examine our own personal views on racism and racial stereotypes.

It asks the hard questions. It’s a film that makes you think.

In “Black or White,” Kevin Costner stars as a very affluent attorney who is raising his bi-racial granddaughter after his wife, the child’s primary care giver is killed in a car crash.

His 17-year-old daughter died during child birth and Elliott (Costner) still blames her African-American baby’s daddy for her death. He then faces losing the third woman in his life when his granddaughter’s African-American family goes to court to try and gain full custody of his little girl, Eloise (played beautifully by Jillian Estell).

She is as cute as a basket of kittens and she tears at your heartstrings as she plays the girl in the middle while her two families fight over her custody.

Costner plays a sullen character, who after two tragic losses finds his solace inside a bottle.

Octavia Spencer is the momma from Compton, Calif. She’s a hustler who runs six separate businesses from her garage and who provides support for her extended family.

Her son, Eloise’s father, is a crack addict but Rowena (Spencer) is blinded by her love for her son and chooses not to see that side of him. Costner’s character goes deeper into his drunken depression and eventually has to hire a driver to chauffeur him and his granddaughter around town.

The chauffeur is also his granddaughter’s math tutor and piano teacher. He’s a colorful character who represents the opposite of what the family from Compton represents. He’s an African student who is dumbfounded by the customs and culture of a family who looks like him, but doesn’t act or react as he does to situations.

The beautiful message in “Black or White” is we all have families. Some of them make us proud and some we are ashamed of; however, whether Black, White, Hispanic or Asian we all have love from our families. And in the end love is the one common denominator that unites all of us.

Black or White is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 121 minutes. On my Hollywood Popcorn Scale, “Black or White” gets my highest rating, A JUMBO WITH EXTRA BUTTER.

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