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Friday, September 12, 2008

The Watermelon Man (1970)


Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge) is a middle-class white man whose views are somewhat sexist and racist. Every morning, he catches the bus and along the way he taunts and harasses Black people. His wife (Estelle Parsons) is a liberal woman that empathetic to the struggles of Black people, which Jeff strongly disagrees with her opinions. Unexpectedly, Jeff wakes up as a Black man. It's as if karma was getting back at him for his prejudice against Black people. With his new reality becoming truer, Jeff's experiences are now of which he once condescended others.