This film is an excuse to produce and watch a horror thriller that is as cliché as they come in every aspect while cashing in on the marketable suggestion that it is a timely discussion on race and prejudice. Peele is a funny guy, but he failed to deliver above average humor in this dark thriller.
A movie that purports to expose stereotypes only delivered stereotypes of stereotypes and then, if it is about race and the current racial tension in our country, suggests that the only way to "get out" is violence. I'm disappointed because I've spent years in discussion on the racial issues in this country and speaking loudly for those who are suffering under racism here, but a lot of racists are going to see this movie and feel happy that they do not see themselves here.
I don't think that teens need to see this movie to further the discussion on race. Perhaps, depending on the standards of individual parents, if they want to see a typical horror movie, then go see it. But to pass it off as a good discussion starter for the topic of race, I don't think so. Not for the average minds of teenagers who will be unimpressed by the too-obvious allusions to racial stereotypes and unaffected by the more subtle themes that are part of the social dialogue, like, for example, the fact that all the police, all black, laugh off the paranoia of the black friend who feels that his best friend, the protagonist, is being turned into a slave (which, in fact, he was).
Clearly, this is a story cashing in on the dialogue on race to get more viewers, but it is not a story that will get viewers to say anything new in the dialogue on race. Disappointing.