Get Out


(out of 5)

is heading to the country with girlfriend  to meet her parents and is more than a little bit nervous.  Her upper middle class family doesn’t know that he’s black and he’s worried that they won’t welcome him, but even with that tension in the air he still isn’t prepared for the situation he walks into when he gets there:  overly polite and accommodating white people, creepily chipper and zoned out black people, and a girlfriend who makes things worse by insisting that everything is perfectly normal and he needs to relax.  Getting further into the situation reveals more sinister secrets in a delightfully funny satire on race relations that is equal parts Roman Polanski, Georges Franju and Ira Levin, balancing comedy and horror effectively (though admittedly with more emphasis on the former).  An experienced film watcher will see many of the plot twists coming, it’s actually a shame that director Jordan Peele’s script isn’t as twisty or complicated as his sense of allegory is smart and fresh, but it’s directed with a great deal of strength (including an outstanding hypnosis scene that is the film’s highlight) and has more than a few genuinely creepy moments.  The cast is uniformly strong, including  as Williams’ subtly terrifying mother and  stealing scenes as Kaaluya’s very funny best friend.

USA, 2017

Directed by

Screenplay by Jordan Peele

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , Jordan Peele

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Best Feature
Best Male Lead (Daniel Kaluuya)
Best Director (Jordan Peele)
Best Screenplay
Best Editing

National Board of Review Awards
Top Films
Best Ensemble
Best Directorial Debut (Jordan Peele)

New York Film Critics Award
Best First Film

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Daniel Kaluuya)

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya)
Best New Filmmaker

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Screenplay, Adapted or Original
Best First Feature

Best Director (Jordan Peele)

Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Kaluuya)

Chicago Film Critics Award
Best Original Screenplay

Best Director (Jordan Peele)
Most Promising Filmmaker
Best Editing

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya)

Best Picture
Best Director (Jordan Peele)
Best Screenplay

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Leading Actor (Daniel Kaluuya)
Best Original Screenplay

Directors Guild Award Nominations
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film (Jordan Peele)
Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a first-time Feature Director (Jordan Peele)


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