Spurred on by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, two men discover the roots of sexism and upon this horrible realization, attempt to find a way to solve the problem. To their utter horror, the problem runs much deeper than originally thought. "White Guys Solve Sexism" is exactly what you think it is. A short comedy that pokes some fun at this serious issue - even as it realizes that short films such as this, are part of the problem.
I'm not even sure how to accurately describe this film, other than writing what I've already written above. It's meant to be a lighthearted comedy about a serious issue. And why not cash in on the current craze? Essentially, a man discovers that his favorite all time movies, all Weinstein produced, are sexist. Each and every one... even the beloved kids movie "Air Bud" is on the list. This notion is at first dismissed by his friend, then embraced - all while his girlfriend Nancy continuously shakes her head in utter disbelief. The two friends eventual revelation is hardly a revelation at all - adding to this short movies unusual charm. Can all men really be sexist? Hardly a new question but in this film, it's all about the string by string realization. No joke.
The real comedy here, is that it mirrors the real world situation. Blindness and utter exaggeration. "White Guys Solve Sexism" is funny in the way it presents itself. It's funny with the realization of it's stars, of the ongoing problem in the movie business. That the situation has always been there - in bold black and red letters on a white wall. People have just always looked the other way, deciding not to notice. Selective viewing.
The inspiration of this short film, the real world issue, really has always been there. It's never been a secret and truthfully? It's the way Hollywood has always worked. There are even movies, hard core dramas, that highlight this ever present problem. The entire Weinstein scandal has never really been newsworthy - because everyone has always known about it. Especially the woman who have always suffered. It's brutal, bad, dishonest and yes... obviously sexist. But hardly new news. The way the world has reacted however, is like this has all been so earth shattering. Like nobody ever knew? So finally seeing a filmmaker attempt to add some comedy to a bad situation is a breath of fresh air. By no means am I agreeing with anything some of these horrible producers, directors or actors are/have been doing... but treating the problem as if it's a new one is pretty funny itself. So yes. This film was a breath of fresh air that was handled nicely, so it didn't come off as sexist itself. Well... it actually did, but that was the joke of it.
For some people, "White Guys Solve Sexism" may be considered a little too soon. For others, this film could be used as a learning tool. As for the film itself? Well acted, entertaining and reasonably funny. If that is, you can open your mind enough to appreciate what Christopher Guerrero has attempted to do.