Week 5: GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" is the most well-known and positive portrayal of interracial relationships at a time when many states (mostly Southern) still had "anti-miscegenation" laws on the books. With an amazing cast, wickedly satisfying interactions, and gleeful social commentary, this dramatic comedy is a quintessential classic.
Though in this film the prejudice is race-based, the discussion of the generational transition away from bigotry is relevant to other biases. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy (in his final role) play liberal parents who have to come to terms with the uncomfortable hypocrisy of parents who succeed in raising a child with the values they taught but hadn't internalized. Hepburn's real-life niece, Katharine Houghton, plays her daughter, alongside Sidney Portier as her too-perfect-to-have-any-problem-with-unless-you're-a-bigot fiance.
The film was nominated for an impressive 10 Academy Awards, winning in Best Leading Actress (Katharine Hepburn) and Best Screenplay Written Directory for the Screen (William Rose)