The Green Book

Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) and Viggo Mortensen take pieces of The Defiant Ones, The Odd Couple, Driving Miss Daisy, and In The Heat of The Night and dare us to love this 1962 road trip film. Unafraid to let the clichés run wild, Peter Farrelly (writer of Something About Mary & Dumb and Dumber) directs this predictable story of a white bouncer driver and black pianist as they tour the bowels of the south. Yes they learn to respect each other and form a Hollywood friendship. Mortensen discovers a secret of Mahershala midway through that seems oddly glossed over. I will admit I shed a tear at the end. It’s fun to be manipulated on occasion. The most fascinating part of the film is the title. The Green Book was a guide to hotels, bars and restaurants where African Americans could safely visit.

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