Get Out

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Horror-thriller is surprising, shocking, timely, and funny.
  • R
  • 2017
  • 103 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 41 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Asks many thought-provoking questions about race. Sinister plot developments aside, the movie tackles big topics with understanding and lack of judgment, allowing smart audiences to think and discuss on a (hopefully) new level.

Positive role models & representations

Though the movie is very smart and gives viewers plenty to think about, the characters aren't particularly admirable or heroic. 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.

Violence

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.

Sex

Brief, very vivid sex talk; kissing.

Language

Very strong language includes many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "bitch," "d--k," "a--hole," "balls," "goddamn," and "hell."

Consumerism

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.).

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.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJflores14 February 25, 2017

interesting and disturbing film about race

GET OUT was fun to watch, with scenes jumping from scary, to funny and also to being emotional. While fun and engaging, this is a film for adults only. CONTENT... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byucfalex March 5, 2017

Awesome movie

Love it the best recommended for 12 and up
Teen, 15 years old Written bySt4362 February 28, 2017

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"?

Movie details

For kids who love scares

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