‘Green Book’ Inspires Both Joy And Controversy

Andrew Denny

Green Book, the story of the friendship between Tony Lip and Don Shirley, emerged as a surprise awards contender after capturing the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival despite poor critical reviews heading into the festival competition. Directed by screwball comedy director Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary) from a script written by Tony Lip’s son, many expected the film to be an uneven conglomeration of its disparate parts. While the film appears to have come together nicely, the divergence has emerged in how accurate the film actually is. The film bills itself as “inspired by a true friendship,” but the families of the two protagonists disagree profusely about its veracity, according to Screen Rant.

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