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When Tony Lip, a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on "The Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger-as well as unexpected humanity and humor-they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.
Comedy Drama - This fact-based period comedy/drama is a big showcase for stars Viggo
Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, with the former showing off rarely seen
comic chops. Older adults are the target audience. Language and
adult subject matter including racism and homosexuality are of note
to parents of young children.
PROFANITY: 2 F-words; 21 S-words; 14 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: An implied homosexual encounter between two men. VIOLENCE: Beatings with some blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Banter and wisecracks, sometimes suggestive.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Green Book is effective and affecting while being careful to avoid overdosing its audience on material that some might deem too shocking or upsetting. Green Book uses limited humor to lessen the sense of discomfort that viewers might feel from a study of Dr. Shirley's experiences and observations.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "Green Book” is the kind of old-fashioned filmmaking big studios just don't offer anymore. It's glossy and zippy, gliding along the surface of deeply emotional, complex issues while dipping down into them just enough to give us a taste of some actual substance.
NY PostFull Review Very Good The lighthearted drama, about a road trip by two men — one white, one black — is unflinchingly optimistic. "Green Book” could be accused of being clichéd if the story wasn't also true. And the tone leans sentimental, if not quite sugary. But the actors' honest chemistry takes Farrelly's movie to the next level.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good Farrelly manages to respect the severity of the characters' social context while ensuring that Green Book never steps outside its protagonists' relationship, a delicate balancing act that credibly makes a feel-good, effervescent comedy out of its thorny subject matter without ever sanitizing it.
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