The Best of Enemies

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The Best of Enemies
Based on a true story about schooling in America. Two people starting from as far apart as it’s possible to be, Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis were expected to battle each other across the racial divide. However, the intense 10-day meeting showed how much they actually had in common - a life of similar struggles through poverty. Both oppressed, both from poor upbringings and both facing similar challenges with their children. What started as a story about people who represented completely opposing views, ended in an unlikely friendship and a bond that would change their lives, and the entire community, forever.

133 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence, Prejudice).
Biographical, Drama, Period piece, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Babou Ceesay, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Nick Searcy, Bruce McGill
Director
Robin Bissell
ScreenplayRobin Bissell, from the book by Osha Gray Davidson
MusicMarcelo Zarvos
CinematographyDavid Lanzenberg
EditingHarry Yoon
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2019
Produced byAstute Films, Material Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageModerate impact frequent demeaning language of prejudice.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceFrequent moderate impact psychological and emotional violence.
PrejudiceFrequent mild to (?) racial prejudice against black people.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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USA MPAA rating

PG-13: Parents Strongly CautionedRated PG-13 for thematic material, racial epithets, some violence and a suggestive reference
Runtime133
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
1
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
2
Music (Scary/Tense)
2
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
12 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
2
Sex
1
Language
4
Consumerism
2
Drinking, drugs, smoking
2

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Metacritic.com
25 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
71 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe Best of Enemies has the best of intentions, but they’re derailed by a problematic perspective and a disappointing lack of insight.
11
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
11
CommonSenseMedia
Sandie Angulo Chen quote iconWell-intentioned but one-sided race drama has iffy messages.
5
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconEnough of the film works -- even when it’s as predictable as they come -- that you’ll likely be okay going along for the ride down this familiar path where the destination is in plain sight from the get-go. Make sure to stick around at the end that features footage of the real-life C.P. and Ann and additional notes about their lives that continued after the conclusion of this particular chapter.
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What the People say

Metacritic.com users
17 users
13
Rottentomatoes users
294 users
15
Rottentomatoes popcornmeter
Popcornmeter
15
IMDB
2331 Netizens
14
The Movie DB
Community
14

Average .. 60%

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