When a white producer tells a black TV director Terrence Dashon Howard that a black character "doesn't sound black enough," it never occurs to him that the director doesn't "sound black," either.
His cast is uniformly strong; the actors sidestep cliches and make their characters particular. She learned English, Mrs. Then there are those few who kill or get killed; racism has tragedy built in.
The district attorney's wife is so frightened by a street encounter that she has the locks changed, then assumes the locksmith will be back with his "homies" to attack them.
The movie contains hurt, coldness and cruelty, but is it without hope? A cop Matt Dillon thinks a light-skinned black woman Thandie Newton is white.
They were not racist because, as far as they knew, there was only one race.