2016 Blind Spot Series: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
What I knew going in: A good amount of people seem to feel very strongly about Hepburn winning an Oscar for this. Guess Who was somewhat of a remake.
Joey Drayton (Katharine Houghton) and Dr. John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) met 10 days ago in Hawaii and have fallen in love. They intend to marry, only it's the 1960's and she's white, and he black. They know how society will view their relationship, so they decide to start small and hope to win over Joey's parents (Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy) first. Of course, they only give them a few hours to decide before they fly onto Geneva for John's work.
It's so embarrassing that I saw the awful Guess Who, yet never watched this until now. When I put together my Blind Spots, I knew I wanted to see more of Katharine Hepburn, and this movie was one had some strong opinions about it.
I enjoyed it. The acting is phenomenal across the board. (Okay, Houghton isn't that great, but Joey is so sweet you almost forget) I thought it had a lot of really interesting things to say. Especially how they were more focused on race instead of the short courtship.
There's some strange choices in the film that stop me from giving it a perfect score, like the dancing delivery boy and the weird encounter at the ice cream shop. It's also sad to think that Spencer Tracy died two weeks after making this, he doesn't look sick in the film at all, which is probably a testament to how good Tracy is. So did Hepburn deserve that Oscar? I haven't seen all the other performances she was up against, but she was so good here.
Memorable Quote: "Get permanently lost." - Christina Drayton (Katharine Hepburn)