Parents' Guide to

Karen

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

White woman terrorizes Black neighbors in unsubtle drama.

Movie NR 2021 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

Karen took my PS5

age 13+

Great Movie 🥰😍😍😍

This movie is amazing, entertaining and so true on all levels, even funny scenes as well, if your apart of the melanated community it’s a must watch!!!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Karen is a kitschy representation of a very real threat: White women who are aware of their Whiteness and weaponize it. Manning plays the stereotypical "Karen," who's entitled, righteous in her racism, and convinced that her way is the right way. And Dorman plays his part, "racist White cop," with very little subtlety -- using phrases like "these people" and referring to Malik as a "boy." Even Hardrict and Burke's characters are drawn from stereotype: They have African art on the walls, smoke pot, and are sexualized throughout the movie. Like many of the popularized Karen memes, Karen displays the unbelievable lengths that some White women will go to in order to establish and maintain their superiority. Those memes, however, depict actual Karens. Fictionalizing this behavior, while satisfying and affirming to the experiences of many, runs the risk of creating a cartoon villain out of a real-life one.

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