Get Out Parent Guide
Smart, incisive, and terrifying - the perfect horror trifecta.
Parent Movie Review
Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose Armitage(Allison Williams) have been dating for about four months, and Rose wants to bring Chris home to meet her parents. Despite his reservations, which mostly center around the fact that Rose has yet to tell her parents that she’s dating a Black man, Chris agrees.
At first blush, Dean (Bradley Whitford), a neurosurgeon, and his wife Missy (Catherine Keener), a hypnotherapist, seem like normal parents – even if they act a little strange around Chris. Things get weirder when Chris meets Walter (Marcus Henderson) and Georgina (Betty Gabriel), the grounds and housekeeper for Dean and Missy, and seemingly the only other black people for miles. But they’re not exactly normal, either, and Chris begins to wonder what’s really going on at the Armitage house…and how he’s going to get out of it.
This is a film I’ve seen three times now (twice in theaters) and it gets better every time. Jordan Peele is a master of planting and payoff, scattering clues and visual references around the movie for eagle-eyed viewers to catch, and they only get more fun with repeated viewings. Not only does the film give the audience plenty of easter eggs of its own; it frequently has subtle nods to other horror classics – particularly my personal favorite, The Shining. It’s not often you find a horror movie with such attention to detail and focus, and this one is a treat.
As with most horror films, quality notwithstanding, this isn’t a great choice for younger viewers. Even if you ignore the violence, voluminous profanity, and sexual references, the film is tense and entirely too scary for a young audience. It also rewards an attentive and informed audience, which does not usually describe teenage viewers of any description.
Jordan Peele is a brilliant director who manages to meld a strong visual style with smart storytelling and incisive social criticism. Exposing the naked racism that hides behind performative white allyship with black social and cultural concerns, the movie creates a clever and expressive story with specific moral lessons. It shines especially when you compare it to other horror films, which have a tendency to prioritize style over substance, treating you to two-odd-hours of gore and jump scares with little more to take away than “don’t have sex in abandoned cabins at haunted campsites”. And, hopefully, that’s not a lesson you needed to learn in the first place.Directed by Jordan Peele. Starring Allison Williams, Keith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya . Running time: 104 minutes. Theatrical release February 24, 2017. Updated January 27, 2022
Rating & Content Info
Why is Get Out rated R? Get Out is rated R by the MPAA for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.
Violence: A person is choked into unconsciousness. A deer is struck and killed by a car. A man is repeatedly struck in the head. A character is impaled with deer antlers. People are stabbed variously in the hand, eye, and leg. A character is stomped to death. An individual is struck by a car and then killed in another collision. A character is shot and another person shoots themselves. There are references to serial murderers.
Sexual Content: There are several instances of crude sexual language. There is a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer and necrophilia. A couple are shown kissing and later seen sharing a bed.
Profanity: There are 55 uses of sexual expletives, 45 uses of scatological curses, and infrequent use of terms of deity and mild profanities. Racial slurs are used.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are briefly seen smoking tobacco and drinking socially. There are references to teen drinking with no on-screen consumption.
Page last updated January 27, 2022
Get Out Parents' Guide
The Armitages seem outwardly supportive of Chris. What does that support conceal? What aspects of that behaviour indicate other motives? Where do we see similar behavior? Racism comes in many forms. Which seemingly innocuous behaviors are actually racially insensitive or hurtful?
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