While he struggles to pull things together between multiple bottles of booze, Rowena (played by Spencer) decides to sue for custody thinking that her granddaughter would be better off with her large family. Unfortunately, Eloise’s father is still a drug addict, even though he tells everyone, including mama, that he’s clean. Elloitt knows better and fights for full custody of Eloise.
The movie, of course, is a statement between one little girl caught between two races — black or white. She wants to stay with grandpa, but also wants to be with her daddy and family. If anyone has an identity crisis, it’s the little girl being pulled between two arguing grandparents over which is better — the black world or the white world.
Of course, the movie deals with the stereotypes each side places upon one another. The attorney for Rowena wants to turn the custody battle into a race war, when all Elliott wants is his granddaughter who he sees as neither black or white. He loves hers and wants her to grow up in his household.
The movie challenges the audiences own thoughts of race and does a good job of making you look inside and examine your own prejudices and how you view people of a different color. It’s not a great flick, but it is a thought-provoking flick worth the watch if you want to walk the thin line between black and white.