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The Hate U Give (2018)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama | 19 October 2018 (USA)
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Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.

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George Tillman Jr.

Writers:

Audrey Wells (screenplay by), Angie Thomas (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amandla Stenberg ... Starr Carter
Regina Hall ... Lisa Carter
Russell Hornsby ... Maverick 'Mav' Carter
Anthony Mackie ... King
Issa Rae ... April Ofrah
Common ... Carlos
Algee Smith ... Khalil
Sabrina Carpenter ... Hailey
K.J. Apa ... Chris
Dominique Fishback ... Kenya
Lamar Johnson ... Seven Carter
TJ Wright ... Sekani
Megan Lawless ... Maya
Rhonda Johnson Dents ... Miss Rosalie
Tony Vaughn ... Mr. Lewis
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Storyline

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Two worlds, one voice, no going back

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug material and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hate U Give See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,035, 7 October 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,719,483, 17 January 2019
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film makes many references to the beliefs and work of Tupac Shakur. On the night of Tupac's murder (Sept. 13, 1996), he was riding in a black 1996 BMW 7 Series sedan with chrome custom rims- driven by Suge Knight. In this film, King (the film's antagonist) drives a late-model, black BMW 7-Series sedan with chrome, custom rims. See more »

Goofs

When driving in King's car there is a clock visible on the dash when King looks back to Starr. The time varies each time the clock is seen, with minutes passing when 1 sentence is spoken, and then the last sentence happens 10 minutes before the last but one sentence. See more »

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King: He's name's seven, what's his middle name? Eight?
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I walked out and I went in really wanting to like it
29 October 2018 | by brianjohnson-20043See all my reviews

What irritated me the most about this film? It didn't seem interested in resembling art or truth. The script consisting more of Voiceover than actual dialogue or visuals and told a contrived story which didn't seem to even notice or care about how unbelievable it was. It wants to make the story seem ordinary when it wasn't an ordinary story for a poor family a black family, a wealthy black family, or any combination.

It seems this film was constructed mostly for the purpose of appealing to liberal viewers. And seemed eager to go into as many liberal issues as possible from the perspective of black people. Dating across racial lines, cops mistreating black people. Growing up with family manners who were sent to jail for crimes they didn't commit. Friends shot by the police. Friends shot by gangs. Being the only black person in a white school. My goodness!!!! Pick a management number of issues for your 2 hour film.

Rather than provide much focus or attention to a few issues in a fair and balanced or meaningful way. This film seemed like a pileup of complaints without much organization or an ability to believe such a full list of problems could all come together for the same person.

I'm mostly liberal myself by the way. So it's not as if I'm unsympathetic to the issues raising in the film. But this is supposed to be a compelling fictional story first. Not a documentary on various awful discriminatory issues. Even if the story was based on real events it could have been told much faster and without resorting to so much voiceover.

American History X is the film to see if you care about police injustice and racial issues and their consequences within the last few decades. The BlackKKlansmen was also much better for a film released this year. Although that film is based on a true story and took place in the 70s. To Kill a mockingbird is also a classic. And 12 angry men is pretty excellent too. Get out was great. This film was just a mess in comparison. I hope the book is at least good. I could picture a book of The Hate U Give being a lot better.

The film The Hate U GIve seemed a lot like trying to make a scene out of every page of to the To Kill a Mockingbird book. That idea just doesn't work for a film. For films you have end a story arc in preferably 2 and a half hours or less. Or else risk the story seeming way too long, detailed, relentless and contrived for one sitting in the theater. Plus you wonder why the main character has to think through w everything without saying or showing anything in your visual medium.


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