(2022) (Danielle Deadwyler, Jalyn Hall) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A black mother must contend with the murder of her 14-year-old son at the hands of white racists.
It's 1955 and single mom Mamie Bradley (DANIELLE DEADWYLER) is concerned about sending her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till (JALYN HALL), to the town of Money, Mississippi to visit his cousins and their parents. While they must contend with some racism in Chicago, Mamie knows all too well how her outgoing black son might be viewed in the deep South and warns him accordingly.
Nonetheless, while with his relatives in a small market in Money, Emmett compliments the white shopkeeper, Carolyn Bryant (HALEY BENNETT), that she looks like a movie star and whistles at her while leaving the store. As she goes for her gun, everyone flees, dragging Emmett along with them. Days later, they think the matter might be behind them, but then two white men show up at the home of Emmett's uncle, Moses Wright (JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON), and kidnap the boy.
A few days later, Mamie learns that Emmett's mutilated body has been found, devastating her, her boyfriend, Gene (SEAN PATRICK THOMAS), and Mamie's divorced parents, Alma (WHOOPIE GOLDBERG) and John (FRANKIE FAISON). While having to contend with that, her second cousin, union rep Rayfield Mooty (KEVIN CARROLL), offers to help get the NAACP involved, particularly in having the boy's body returned to Chicago. With that drawing national attention, Rayfield and civil rights activist Medgar Evers (TOSIN COLE), try to use that to spur change in laws aimed at protecting black Americans, all while Mamie heads to Mississippi for the ensuing murder trial.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger ones probably won't, but those interested in the real-life story and historical implications might want to.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic content involving racism, strong disturbing images, and racial slurs.
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