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Changing the Odds

Intended as a contemporary riff on Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, this well-meaning 2006 romantic drama by Willie E. Simmons Jr. centers on a widowed black attorney (Anthony D. Colby) whose courtship of a successful white doctor (Allison Lane) is tested by their fathers' deep-seated prejudices. The movie's lack of nuance makes the race relations seem even more retrograde than in the 60s movie; we're expected to believe that heads of a major metropolitan law firm would be completely shocked by an interracial romance and that a medical crisis could instantly transform the cartoonishly racist patriarchs into models of tolerance. The romantic leads' performances expecially Lane's graceful turn inject a much-needed dose of reality. 80 min.

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