The Best of Enemies

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Well-intentioned but one-sided race drama has iffy messages.

PG-13 2019 133 minutes

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age 11+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 1 review

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age 8+

African American women in 1971?

I am an African American woman who grew up in South Carolina during that time period. I believe that the film is basically accurate but my problem is the portrayal of Ann Atwater. I know many strong and determined women who pushed for racial equality. I just couldn't relate to or feel this character who should have been about my Mother's age. She seldom smiled. She always appeared angry. I don't believe I saw any other woman in the movie with an Afro. To be sure, Afros began to be worn in the late 60's but it took a while for them to travel south, particularly for older women. I went to college in Pennsylvania and when I came home with an Afro in 1969, my mother had a fit (though about 5 years later, she was sporting a beautiful Afro). I only say that to note that she just didn't seem to fit in in with that community at that time, nor did I see her working with other women, which is what community activists do. I looked at pictures of Ms Atwater. She did not appear to have a "bra problem." I felt that Taraji's appearance as Ann Atwater was somewhat of a caricature of black women. I'm sorry. I commend any effort to provide positive historical and current stories of African Americans, but I just couldn't feel this one.

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