Six Degrees of Separation

For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world.

Mystery Drama Comedy
112 min     6.4     1993     USA


The story of a young, gay, black, con artist who, posing as the son of Sidney Poitier, cunningly maneuvers his way into the lives of a white, upper-class New York family.


Filipe Manuel Dias Neto wrote:
**A play, transported to the cinema, continues to be a play, even if it is an intelligent and well-made play.** Based on a theatrical play, this film makes an interesting mix between comedy and sharp and blunt social criticism by allowing a very rich couple from New York to be very easily deceived by a tramp who, using the right knowledge, manages to enter and sleep at their house. Despite not being perfect, and being a reasonably still film, dependent on dialogues that never seem to end, the film works quite well if we are open to giving it the opportunity it asks of us. It is not, however, an easy film: the reliance on dialogues, and the intelligent, almost intellectual, way in which they are conceived, will scare away audiences who are not so willing to tolerate it. For the most part, the film feels a lot like a play or something you'd see in the theater, and that can get a little tiresome. Will Smith is the great actor who dominates the film, with a superb performance. It was a film that helped a lot in his artistic career, and that opened the doors for him to better and more recognized works. However, it is still one of the actor's best films so far. We cannot, however, ignore the inspired and successful performance of Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing, in the role of the two millionaire art dealers that Smith so easily deceives. In a more discreet position, Sir Ian McKellen is positively supportive of the main cast. Technically, it's a film that doesn't seem to have been very expensive to make, as almost half of the action takes place inside the rich people's apartment, and that all the action seems to have been limited to a relatively small geography. There are no visual or special effects that stand out, the sound has minimal intervention, and the soundtrack consists of songs that we know relatively well and that are cleverly used. The cinematography is basically 90's standard, which makes this film a bit of a dated piece.