'Black or White' Tackles a Touchy Subject

January 28, 2015 7:12 PM

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Race relations can be a touchy subject. Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue. The characters would almost need to be extensions of our opinions and thoughts, so everyone has something in the game. On most of those levels, this very shallow, poorly conceived and developed film, which is based on a true story, is a well-meaning misfire.

A white middle-aged Los Angeles attorney, Elliott Anderson (Kevin Costner), can't get over the loss of his recently deceased wife. He's turned to the bottle. His life is empty, except for the daily embrace of his biracial granddaughter Eloise (Jillian Estell). Elliott is content to raise Eloise, but...

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