As MTV’s Inkoo Kang pointed out last year, it’s still far too rare to see interracial couples on the big or small screen, despite the fact that roughly one in eight marriages in the U.S. are mixed, and the number of Americans who believe mixed marriages are good for society has risen. Movies about interracial couples —like Jeff Nichols’s Loving and Jordan Peele’s Get Out — are largely the exception to the rule.
Joining the club is Little Boxes, an indie comedy directed by Rob Meyer and executive produced by True Detective/Beasts of No Nation‘s Cary Joji Fukunaga, that premiered at Tribeca last year and opens on April 14. The film stars Melanie Lynskey and Nelsan Ellis as Gina and Mack, a married couple with a young son, Clark (Armani Jackson), who move from New York City to small-town Washington when Gina gets a job at the local college. Life in suburbia quickly drives a wedge between the couple as the largely white residents of the town react with varying degrees of decorum to their new neighbors.
“Oh my god, I can’t believe it,” one little girl tells her sister after meeting Clark. “We like, totally needed a black kid.” In another scene, Mack is at a bar with a group of dads when one declares, “Close your eyes, you can’t even tell he’s black!” Later, a white woman, played by Christine Taylor, accuses Clark of throwing a rock through her window, to which Mack replies, “Is it just easy to imagine he did it?” See the full trailer below.