(2017) (Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Horror: A young black man must contend with veiled racism and then outright terror when his white girlfriend takes him to meet her parents and others for the first time.
- Chris Washington (DANIEL KALUUYA) is a young photographer who's madly in love with his girlfriend, Rose Armitage (ALLISON WILLIAMS). Even so, he doesn't think it's a good idea that she hasn't told her parents -- neurosurgeon Dean (BRADLEY WHITFORD) and psychiatrist Missy (CATHERINE KEENER) -- that he's black and that they're going to learn that during their upcoming visit. Even Chris' TSA agent buddy, Rod Williams (LIL REL HOWERY), thinks it's a bad idea.
But Rose reassures Chris that her parents will be completely cool with that and they indeed seem that way even if Dean comes off a bit overzealous in welcoming Chris to the family. The same can't be said for Rose's brother, Jeremy (CALEB LANDRY JONES), however, who's somewhat aggressive, while the Armitages' African-American help -- Georgina (BETTY GABRIEL) the maid and Walter (MARCUS HENDERSON) the groundskeeper -- give off a weird and creepy vibe that Chris can't quite shake.
Things get worse when the family throws a party where mostly older white folks -- including blind art dealer Jim Hudson (STEPHEN ROOT) -- show up. And what seems like friendliness likewise comes off as unsettling, including from the lone black man, Logan (LAKEITH STANFIELD), who's there with a much older white woman and behaves somewhat like Georgina and Walter.
From that point on and as things start to go downhill from there, Chris tries to get Rose to leave with him, but must contend with the fact that Missy might have a grip on him from a previous hypnosis session.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Those into horror movies (especially ones with comedy elements) will probably be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.
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