Blacks and Hispanics in movies are all too often portrayed as ignorant, uneducated, and poor. They are all attributes no one person of color would be proud of. Finally one film focuses on minorities without making them undesirable, the downtrodden, and trifling members of our society.
As a minority, "Our Family Wedding" makes me proud. The Byrd Family and their friends are affluent African-Americans who don't curse and sound like "Boyz N' The Hood." Although Forest Whitaker's character Brad is a lady's man, he's a father first, who shows affection toward his son complete with hugs and one on one talks. Back to "Boyz N' The Hood"
Lawrence Fishburne was the respectable black father raising his son. Sorry John Singleton! But get the bigger picture here
"Boyz N' The Hood" was in 1991. And that movie is the first one that popped into mind regarding minority fathers.
I feel like there's little focus on fathers in films. But in "Our Family Wedding" it's a two for one special. Carlos Mencia's character, Miguel Ramirez, is a Mexican-American father who's a successful business owner, not from doing lawns either, as Hollywood so loves to cast my brown brothers. He's not a single dad, but a very involved father.
The sad truth is fathers like them are the minority. So, if you believe what we see, or are exposed to, helps shape and mold us as the individuals we are this is a film for minorities in fact by a minority. Rick Famuyiwa ("The Wood," "Brown Sugar," "Talk to Me") directed the film. Perhaps that's why this is one union that gets my blessing.
Watch as two dads from two different backgrounds must set aside their differences, politically incorrect as they are (the reality in this romantic comedy), and let their children be in wedded bliss. That's if they get to the I do. But who am I fooling... this is a romantic comedy. So, you know how it ends.
Our Family Wedding is rated PG-13 and it's a Mia must see movie.
Our Family Wedding: Focus on Fathers
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