In the Summer of Gump, at least, it appears to be virtue.
Manny Singer (Liotta) is an ad jingle writer who throws himself into work as a way of dealing with his depression.
It’s the early ’60s, and Goldberg’s Corrina Washington, a college graduate who earns her living cleaning white people’s homes, is hired by the newly widowed Manny Singer (Ray Liotta) to look after his 7-year-old daughter, Molly (Tina Majorino).
Molly hasn’t spoken a word since her mother’s funeral.
They have to flesh out roles that are skeletons of good intentions.
There’s something disingenous about the way that at once soft-pedals and fetishizes its characters’ racial and cultural differences.