Green Book – Budget of $23 million – 2 hours and 10 minutes
Tony “Lip” Vallelonga works as a bouncer and enforcer for the Copacabana in New York. He is the best BS man in the Bronx. While closed for renovations for 2 months, Tony must find work. He gets word that a Doctor is looking for a driver. So, Tony is confused when the directions lead him to Carnegie Hall. Dr. Shirley is a doctor of music and one of the most classically trained pianists of his time. He has decided to take a tour of the deep south but knows he will need a white man to drive him into places he will not be accepted. Dr. Shirley offers $100 a week plus room and board. But he is looking for someone to do everything. Tony counters. He will be a driver and personal assistant, but he will not be a butler. Also, Tony requires $125 a week. After calling Tony’s wife Dolores, Dr. Shirley agrees to Tony’s terms. Before they hit the road, Dr. Shirley’s record executives give Tony the Green Book. It is a book with hotels and restaurants in the south that will serve ‘colored’ people. The two men will embark on a trip of cultural awareness, bigotry, laughter, and friendship.
This movie is wonderful because it shows that both men had issues going into this road trip. Dr. Shirley has a narrow-minded view of Tony because of his diction and mannerisms. Tony sees the ‘eggplant’ is unconnected with is own culture and gives into those that belittle him. As Tony spends more time with Dr. Shirley, he learns that his fists aren’t always the answer. In addition, as Dr. Shirley spends more time with Tony, he learns to stand up to those who disrespect him. This movie will leave you laughing and renewed after view it.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tony Valley, short and sweet – Dr. Shirley
Don’t bother. You took all the fun out of it – Tony