A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What 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 very 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.
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What's the story?
In GET OUT, talented black photographer Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) has been dating the pretty white Rose (Allison Williams) for five months and is now getting ready to go home and meet her parents. Rose's doctor father, Dean (Bradley Whitford), and hypnotherapist mother, Missy (Catherine Keener), try to make Chris feel welcome. But when Missy forcibly hypnotizes Chris to break his smoking habit, he starts feeling like strange things are happening. The family's black servants (Betty Gabriel and Marcus Henderson) act very oddly, and the arrival of an unexpected party full of privileged white people -- including noted gallery owner Jim Hudson (Stephen Root) -- results in some unsettling encounters. Is everything happening in Chris' mind, or is something diabolical about to happen?
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 compassionate, 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 move, but one that's highly accomplished and seemingly inspired by the likes of Roman Polanski, Nicolas Roeg, and Stanley Kubrick. The movie has assured rhythms, camera placements, and editing (no sloppy shaky-cam work or dumb jump-scares here).
And in addition to all that, Get Out handles prejudice and racism through character interactions and performance, rather than preaching. 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 a terrific entertainment, as well as an essential movie of its moment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Get Out's violence. How much is shown, and when? Is the movie more or less effective when the violence is held back? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?
Is the movie scary? What elements make it a horror movie, and what elements are more like a thriller?
What is the movie saying about race? How does Chris see the world? How do the white characters view him?
How did watching the movie impact your understanding of race? Did you expect that from a scary movie?
How does the funny character fit into the movie? Does he seem to belong, or is he just "comic relief"?
- In theaters: February 24, 2017
- On DVD or streaming: May 23, 2017
- Cast: Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Daniel Kaluuya
- Director: Jordan Peele
- Studio: Universal Pictures
- Genre: Horror
- Run time: 103 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
- Awards/Honors: Academy Award
- Last updated: December 10, 2020
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