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Studio: Universal/Blumhouse Productions
Rated: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
Plot: It’s time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.
Running Time: 1 hour 44 minutes
Review Score: 4 Crazy White People (out of 5)
Reviewed By: Keyser Söze
The whole cast gives great performances. Daniel Kaluuya playing the fish out of water boyfriend Chris to Allison Williams’ reassuring girlfriend Rose. Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford play the parents with an heir of menace. Caleb Landry Jones feels dangerous in his role as Rose’s brother Jeremy. And the dark subject matter is nicely offset by LilRel Howery’s comedic delivery as Chris’ best friend Rod, a TSA agent who fashions himself as quite the able detective. The rest of the supporting cast perfectly play their roles, and director Jordan Peele keeps the pacing quick and the tension building until the final crescendo. The film, while showing some subtle influences, manages to avoid ripping off any of the films it seems to tip its hat to. And bravo for that, because it provides us something that feels fresh.
There is not much to criticize here, as the movie script does a good job of avoiding some of those “that person would never do that” moments, as is typically present in this genre of film. Chris’ back story history provides fair reasoning to explain why he may not have been high-tailing it out of Crazyville a little bit sooner. Some of the dialogue featuring scenes where Chris meets with his girlfriend’s family and friends is just downright uncomfortable to watch with a bunch of privileged white people bending over backwards to identify with Chris’ blackness. Awkward! But this is all part of the well-intended plot development.
There are a few moments in this film that are not for the squeamish including the use of bocce balls, guns, cars, and knives as weapons, and the accompanying on-screen gore, though I would not say the film-makers are overly excessive beyond the scope of the story. Ironically, the most difficult scene to watch involves an instance of brain surgery, and not even part of the aforementioned violence. The script is littered with dozens of instances of profanities. And there are some instances of sexual suggestions both direct and indirect, but no actual nudity.
Well worth your Friday night couch convention, but not while the kiddies are around. The horror genre just added a good one to its pantheon with this entry.