Few things are as uncomfortable as an awkward dinner party. And we’ve had our fair share.
But none have come close to being as disastrous as the one at the center of Beatriz at Dinner, expanding this Friday to theaters nationwide.
Things start innocently enough when a wealthy housewife (Connie Britton) invites Beatriz (Salma Hayek), her massage therapist/healer, to stay for dinner when her car breaks down in the driveway. Her husband resists because the guest list includes an important billionaire business colleague (John Lithgow), but she succeeds in convincing him it’s a good idea.
Well, the horrible, self-important rich dude and the humble Mexican immigrant definitely don’t see eye to eye.
The dark comedy reuintes the delightfully twisted mind of gay screenwriter Mike White with director Miguel Arteta, who collaborated on both Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl. Filled with cringe-worthy moments, the film really got us thinking if we’d be brave enough to speak our mind in a similar situation or if we’d just quietly seethe in the corner over a rare steak with horseradish cream sauce and hearty Cabernet.
But Beatriz has balls of steel and serves up a nice amount of shade to a group of people exemplifying white privilege at its very worst. The performances are spectacular, particularly those of Hayek and Lithgow, with biting dialogue and heaping portions of satire and social commentary that more than make up for the utterly disappointing ending.
At least now, should we ever have the opportunity to join Trump for dinner, we have a few ideas of how we’d handle ourselves.
And what we’d bring along to throw at his head.
Beatriz at Dinner
Now playing in New York and Los Angeles
Expanding June 16