Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Black or White is a drama about race and family -- and also alcohol and drugs. It's flawed but thoughtful, and it tackles some extremely complex, difficult issues, making it a jumping-off point for discussions about tolerance, racial relations, and more. The main character is a very heavy drinker (to the point of alcoholism), and a supporting character is a drug addict (he's briefly shown smoking crack). Language isn't very frequent but includes one use of "motherf----r," as well as the "N" word. Arguing and tension is strong throughout, culminating in a rough fight scene that involves a knife and a blunt object. A character also falls into a pool cover and nearly drowns. Sex isn't really an issue; the main character has flashbacks to his late, beloved wife, and a secondary character is seen being affectionate with a younger girlfriend.
A secondary character is affectionate with his girlfriend. The main character has flashbacks about his late, beloved wife.
A rough fight scene. A man draws a knife. A man is hit with a blunt object. A man falls into a pool cover and nearly drowns. General tension, shouting, and arguing throughout.
One major use of "motherf----r." Occasional use of other strong words, including the "N" word.
Complex themes/messages related to racial issues and relations. Tolerance is promoted, and the idea of looking beyond skin color is a main theme. Family is also cherished.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main character is a heavy drinker, possibly an alcoholic. He drinks a specific brand of whisky and is frequently drunk or hung over. A secondary character is a struggling drug addict. He's shown smoking crack in one brief shot.