Soul Man

This amiable but politically confused comedy is essentially a comic version of BLACK LIKE ME, the true-life book and film about John Howard Griffin, who dyed his skin dark so he could learn what it was like to be black in America. Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) and best pal Gordon (Arye Gross) are UCLA seniors who have been accepted by Harvard law school....read more

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This amiable but politically confused comedy is essentially a comic version of BLACK LIKE ME, the true-life book and film about John Howard Griffin, who dyed his skin dark so he could learn what it was like to be black in America. Mark Watson (C. Thomas Howell) and best pal Gordon (Arye

Gross) are UCLA seniors who have been accepted by Harvard law school. But Mark's upper-middle-class father (James B. Sikking) decides it would be better if the boy had to put himself through Harvard. Mark is desperate to raise the $54,000 needed to finance his education, until he hears that a

scholarship is available to a needy black student. Mark takes some experimental suntan pills and succeeds in darkening his skin enough to be accepted into Harvard on that scholarship, thus beating out Sarah Walker (Rae Dawn Chong), a truly qualified black woman who is also at Harvard while she

raises her son alone. There are some good moments in SOUL MAN, but Gross steals the picture; he has the best lines and makes the most of them.

MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)
MYKAL-MICHELLE HARRIS, ARICA HIMMEL, ETHAN WILLIAM CHILDRESS
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