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Wasn’t Ashton Kutcher Just Married? Or is he still only courting My Boss’s Daughter? Either way, the punk’dest boy in America finds himself in familiar proving-ground territory in Guess Who, director Kevin Rodney Sullivan’s updated remake of the 1967 Tracy-Hepburn-Poitier vehicle Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. This time around, however, the races are reversed: Kutcher stars as whiter-than-white Simon Green, an up-and-coming stockbroker whose African-American fiancée, Theresa Jones (Zoë Saldaña), brings him home to announce their engagement during her parents’ 25th-anniversary party. Not exactly the best timing. Ditto for when Theresa’s father, Percy (Bernie Mac), mistakes a black cabbie for her boyfriend while Simon is busy getting their suitcases out of the trunk. Oh, and when Percy walks in on the two during some hanky-panky in Theresa’s bedroom. Funny thing is, though the combination of race-relations- and father-meets-suitor-based humor seems like the unholy union of two creatively tapped-out genres, Sullivan and his TV-vet screenwriting team of David Ronn, Jay Scherick, and Peter Tolan manage to pull it off with surprising success. Percy’s wife, Marilyn (Judith Scott), for example, isn’t just the no-nonsense mom who keeps her overbearing husband in line—she’s as headstrong as he is: When his behavior finally pushes her to the point of exasperation, she hauls ass in a huff to her sister’s house and gets drunk on margaritas with the girls, waiting it out until Percy inevitably comes groveling. Equally refreshing is the naturalistic way Kutcher and Mac handle the inevitable series of uncomfortable situations Simon and Percy constantly find themselves in. From a silent car ride during which the radio belts out “Ebony and Ivory” to a vodka-induced bonding session, the interaction between the two is consistently uncomfortable and uproarious. Their chemistry may not rival Tracy and Hepburn’s, but Guess Who is more than simply a pleasant treat for those with low expectations. In terms of meet-the-parents comedies, this well-polished, cleverly performed entry is the best in ages. In terms of meet-the-parents comedies starring Ashton Kutcher? Dude, it doesn’t get any shibbier. —Matthew Borlik