Comedies about racism risk trivializing the issue on the one hand or becoming preachy and dull on the other. AMOS & ANDREW manages to do both.
Samuel L. Jackson plays Andrew Sterling, an African-American intellectual who has bought a summer home on a lily-white New England resort island. The neighbors stop by and, spying a black man through the living room window, "naturally" assume the house is being burgled. When the cops arrive,
bungling and misunderstandings lead to a siege situation. When Police Chief Tolliver (Dabney Coleman) finally phones Sterling, he discovers the mistake. Desperate to hide the truth and save his political career, he concocts a cunning...