Movie Review: ‘Black or White’

CBS Philly

By Bill Wine
KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Here’s a drama abour racial matters in which, just in case we’d forgotten, race matters.

(2½ stars out of 4) (2½ stars out of 4)

Black or White is a charged melodrama the cornerstone of which is a custody dispute between a white grandfather and a black grandmother over their biracial granddaughter.

Eight-year-old Eloise (Jillian Estell) is the child being fought over by a West Los Angeles attorney named Elliott, her paternal grandfather (played by Kevin Costner), and Rowena, her paternal grandmother (played by Octavia Spencer), a successful realtor who lives with and supports a large extended family in Compton, in southern Los Angeles, while running several businesses.

Drinking heavily since the recent death of his wife (Jennifer Ehle) in a car crash, grieving widower Elliott has become the sole guardian of Eloise, the preteen whose mother –- Elliott’s daughter -– died during childbirth.  He has…

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