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A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.

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Jordan Peele

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Jordan Peele
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Kaluuya ... Chris Washington
Allison Williams ... Rose Armitage
Catherine Keener ... Missy Armitage
Bradley Whitford ... Dean Armitage
Caleb Landry Jones ... Jeremy Armitage
Marcus Henderson ... Walter
Betty Gabriel ... Georgina
Lakeith Stanfield ... Andre Logan King
Stephen Root ... Jim Hudson
Lil Rel Howery ... Rod Williams
Ashley LeConte Campbell ... Lisa Deets
John Wilmot ... Gordon Greene
Caren L. Larkey ... Emily Greene (as Caren Larkey)
Julie Ann Doan ... April Dray
Rutherford Cravens ... Parker Dray
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Storyline

Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Language:

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Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Alabama, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,377,060, 26 February 2017, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,040,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$255,457,364
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In an interview with Bradley Whitford on National Public Radio's show "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!", Whitford explained that Jordan Peele wanted him for the role of Dean Armitage because of his prior role as Josh Lyman from The West Wing (1999). Whitford said that Peele wanted all of the Armitage family members to have a distinct "white liberal feel" to them. See more »

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Losing to Jesse Owens in the qualifying rounds of the Olympics would not have prevented Roman Armitage from making the finals. Up to three runners from the same country can make the finals if good enough. See more »

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Rod Williams: [about Andre Hayworth] But Chris say he is acting real different.
Detective Latoya: Different how?
Rod Williams: [shows picture that Chris sent him] This dude is from Brooklyn, huh. He didn't dress like this.
Detective Latoya: I didn't use to dress like this.
Rod Williams: Plus, he is married to a white woman twice his age.
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Behold. The Coagula.
18 February 2018 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The amiable Daniel Kaluuya gives an enjoyable breakthrough performance as Chris Washington, a young black artist dating white girl Rose Armitage (Allison Williams). Five months into the relationship, and it's time to meet her parents. They live in a back of the beyond universe populated almost exclusively by whites, along with a few black people who behave quite strangely. Chris will discover some nefarious doings by Roses' mom and pop (Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford) and these other members of the white elite. Will he be able to "get out" of this situation before it's too late?

Overall, the filmmaking debut for sketch comedian Jordan Peele is a respectable, if not great, effort to blend some commentary on racial relations with a tried and true, formulaic Hollywood thriller. This viewer could point out the film that seems to have inspired Peele the most, but that would be along the lines of a spoiler. While the film is technically well made and well paced, and builds towards an appropriately visceral finale, it is troubling in some ways. Its "mystery" is easy to figure out (Hell, Chris' seemingly paranoid friend Rod (LilRel Howery) may actually be on to something), and the characters are pretty "black and white", if you'll pardon the expression. Undoubtedly, the film is perfect at being manipulative, with villains whose violent comeuppance is the ultimate catharsis.

The cast provides most of the value. Williams is good as the girlfriend who, at first, tries to have you wondering "is she or isn't she". Old pros like Keener, Whitford, Stephen Root, and Richard Herd do as much as they can with cliched roles. The lively and profane Howery is quite amusing. Caleb Landry Jones dials up the seediness to 11 in his role as Roses' loutish brother Jeremy.

As this viewer said, the scenario is likely to get the blood of some audience members boiling, but it could have used a bit more restraint. It's certainly entertaining to a degree, and clearly it did hit a nerve with the movie-going public, even garnering some Oscar nominations.

Six out of 10.


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