A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Asks many thought-provoking questions about race. Depicts a strong friendship and the importance of trusting your gut. Sinister plot developments aside, the movie tackles big topics with understanding and lack of judgment, allowing audiences to think and discuss on a (hopefully) new level.
Positive Role Models
Though the movie gives viewers plenty to think about, most characters aren't particularly admirable or heroic. Rod may be the most admirable, showing traits of curiosity, courage, and compassion. The main character stands up for himself and tries to get out of a difficult situation, but he resorts to very violent means to do so.
The story centers on an interracial couple. Much of the outside world references back to a diverse neighborhood where they both live. Main character Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) embraces and attempts to defend his Blackness amid microaggressions while maintaining his relationships and attempting to "get out" of a sticky situation. This subverts typical horror genre expectations, creating a world where Black characters get to live beyond the first five minutes. Chris and his friend Rod (Lil Rel Howery) are examples of well-rounded characters with a deep and meaningful connection. Women have minor and supporting roles but aren't portrayed with much depth.
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Violence & Scariness
Brutal attacks, plus fighting, punching, stomping, stabbing, choking, etc. Brief guns and shooting. Bloody wounds, blood spray, blood puddles. Gory surgery scene. Deer struck by car, shown injured and bleeding. Bloody noses. Scary images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief above-waist nudity (a man's torso, a woman's back). Vivid sex talk; kissing.
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Very strong language includes many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "bitch," "d--k," "a--hole," "balls," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Use of Bing search engine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is trying to quit smoking, but he's never seen actually smoking. Social drinking at a party and at dinner. A secondary character gets drunk. Spoken story of teen drinking (raiding parents' liquor cabinet, etc.).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Out is a horror-thriller directed by Jordan Peele that tackles timely issues related to race in a very thoughtful way. In many ways it's an essential movie of its moment, but it's still got plenty of mature material, making it best for older teens and up. Violence isn't constant but is really brutal when it happens, with fighting, bashing with blunt objects, kicking, stabbing, guns, shooting, and lots of blood. There's also a gory surgery scene and a deer that's hit by a car and shown injured and bleeding. Language is strong, with many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," and the "N" word, as well as some vivid sex talk. There's also kissing, and characters drink in social situations; minor characters are shown drunk, and a story is told about teen drinking. A major character is trying to quit smoking, though he's never seen in the act. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
More than just a standard-issue thriller, this brutal, smart movie is impeccably made, as well as surprising, shocking, and funny, while also offering a thoughtful look at race. Get Out comes from Jordan Peele (part of comedy duo Key and Peele), who co-wrote 2016's Keanu and now makes his directing debut. It's a bold sociological thriller that attempts to scare its audiences into looking at the world differently, using assured rhythms, camera placements, and editing to make its case. (No shaky-cam or cheap jump scares here.)
Get Out handles prejudice and racism through character interactions and performance, rather than overt moralizing. Chris deals with his circumstances via an understandably complex series of reactions: understanding, gratitude, dismissal, and frustration. Comic relief in the form of actor Lil Rel Howery doesn't initially seem to fit but becomes an intricate part of the movie's fabric. This is terrific entertainment, as well as an essential movie of its moment.
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