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Based on a true story, THE BEST OF ENEMIES centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.
Drama - This is a fact-based drama aimed at older adults. Fans of stars
Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell will definitely enjoy. Themes of
racism and heavy use of racist language may be of concern to some
parents, but most will find this fairly safe and instructive viewing
for pre-teens and above.
NY PostFull Review Average As actor pairings go, you couldn't hope for better than Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and nominee Taraji P. Henson. So why is "The Best of Enemies” such a slog? Part of the problem is the setting... A days-long meeting is a heavy lift as compelling viewing, and debut director Robin Bissell doesn't clear the bar.
Slant MagazineFull Review Poor ...casually sidesteps all notions of institutionalized racism to instead focus on the character arc of one well-known white supremacist as he finally gets close to his enemies. The Best of Enemies quaintly believes that racial conciliation is achieved by confronting racism, one racist at a time.
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