Culture clash comedy hits the road

What saves Green Book from embarrassing gaucheness is its sense of humour

3rd February, 2019
Culture clash comedy hits the road
Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in Green Book

In Peter Farrelly’s real-life comedy drama Green Book, two unlikely travelling companions – one a black, urbane musician, the other an uncouth white nightclub bouncer and driver – take a road trip through the viciously segregated Deep South to learn lessons from one another about respect, dignity and empathy.

It’s a funny, occasionally vibrant clash of cultures that carries with it unfortunate reminders of other self-congratulatory films that clumsily addressed similar issues, from...

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