Parents' Guide to

Get Out

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Horror-thriller is surprising, shocking, timely, and funny.

Movie R 2017 103 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 50 parent reviews

age 13+

Spectacularly original thriller has some brutal violence and language

Get Out (2017) follows a black man visiting his white girlfriends family for the first time, and it appears things are not as they seem when a sinister operation comes to light. Expect no violence until the last 20 minutes or so when things become very brutal and violent. Also expect language throughout the film. VIOLENCE: SEVERE A deer is hit by a car, and it is shown suffering in the woods crying with a bloody wound visible. A man is shown having his scalp cut into with a scalpel, and then we see his entire bloody scalp being disposed into garbage revealing his exposed and bloody skull. Then, his skull is drilled into seen from the other side of a panel, blood sprays down the panel and then we see the layer of skull being removed completely and graphically exposing his brain. This scene is apart of a consensual but sinister operation, and is graphic and bloody. A man is suddenly bashed on the head with a heavy ball. He is shown on the floor weeping in pain as blood spreads around his headwear before he is bashed again. Blood is shown spattered on the ball and we see the man’s motionless body. A man is impaled by an elk heads antlers. Blood splatters on the wall behind him and he is shown with blood run down his neck. When the antlers are pulled out blood pours out of his mouth and the several holes in his neck and body shown graphically with blood pouring out all over the place until he eventually collapses to the floor. Very bloody. A man is stabbed through the hand with a letter opener, he then turns his hand with the letter opener still inside of it and stabs the attacker in the face with it, but the camera cuts away on impact. A man is suddenly strangled violently, and to escape he stabs his attacker in the leg with a letter opener before kicking him to the ground and repeatedly stomping him (partially obscured) as he cries. We hear loud thumping and on the third stomp a crunching noise. He is killed. A car crashes with two people in it, the woman inside, afterwards, is shown with blood all over her face as she lies on the dashboard dead. A woman is shot in the stomach, blood spreads all over her shirt and spurts out of the wound before she falls to the ground before the shooter turns the gun and shoots himself in the head briefly spraying out blood. Afterwards, another man starts to strangle the woman who was previously shot, but stops and instead leaves her to bleed. All of this violence takes place in the final 20 minutes of the film. LANGUAGE: MODERATE Around 48 uses of “f*ck”, 40+ uses of “sh*t”, 1-2 uses of “n*gga”, a few uses of “b*tch” and brief uses of “hell”, “d*mn” and “ass” SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD Comedic and non-serious reference to “sex slaves”, in order to make a man uncomfortable a woman tells him that she knows he thinks about “f*cking” her, some talk about sex, mild implications to sex and some sexual references. DRUG CONTENT: MILD A man is shown drunk and acting strangely, references to people being drunk and a theme of smoking and the desire to quit. OVERALL: 13+ for some strong brutal violence, brief gory images and for language.
age 13+

A Great Film

There are a few scenes of violence that include a somewhat graphic lobotomy, a woman being shot, and a man being stabbed with antlers. All brief scenes. A couple of sexual references. Some strong language as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (50 ):
Kids say (129 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: February 24, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: May 23, 2017
  • Cast: Allison Williams , Catherine Keener , Daniel Kaluuya
  • Director: Jordan Peele
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors, Black actors, Black writers
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
  • Award: Academy Award
  • Last updated: January 18, 2024

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