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Friday, April 30, 2010

Spinning Into Butter (2008)

A well intentioned look at racism in contemporary America gets sabotaged by a didactic, preachy screenplay co-written by Rebecca Gilman (based on her play) and static direction by Mark Brokaw. In a small college in Vermont, an ugly racial incident snowballs into both a media frenzy and a major confrontation between the in denial administration and the school’s angry students. The Dean of Students (Sarah Jessica Parker) attempts to act as a liaison between the administration and the students while confronting her own racism. Everyone is a talking head, spouting the author’s tired dialogue which would do Stanley Kramer and Abby Mann proud. Miranda Richardson, Beau Bridges and Mykelti Williamson co-star.

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