Get Out

Front Row at the Movies by Shirrel Rhoades

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“Get Out” is billed as a comedy horror film, but I beg to disagree. A satirical horror film would be a better description. Social satire, that is.

This story tells about an interracial couple — Chris and Rose (played by Daniel Kuluuya and Allison Williams) — who are off to spend the weekend with her parents. She says she hasn’t told them her boyfriend is black, but assures him that her dad would have voted for Obama three times, if he could. Uh-huh. Upon arrival, things get weird. Rose’s mom turns out to be a shrink who wants to hypnotize Chris to break his smoking habit. Her obsequious dad is a brain surgeon. Her younger brother is aggressive. Chris meets the family servants, a smiling zombie-like black woman and a black passive-aggressive yardman. And when family friends show up for a yard party, they are vaguely racist … despite one of them an older woman arm-in-arm with a black partner who seems vaguely familiar. Something is definitely off. Like the title suggests, you will be rooting for Chris to “Get Out”!

The theme will remind you a bit of “The Stepford Wives,” a well-to-do conclave with its guarded secrets. “Get Out” opens Friday at Tropic Cinema. Written, produced and directed by Jordan Peele (yes, he’s black), this is a great social satire that takes bigotry seriously by recasting it as a horror tale. An actor, comedian, and filmmaker, Peele is best known for his Comedy Central sketch series “Key & Peele,” as well as five seasons on MADtv. This is Peele’s directorial debut. Hitting a home run first time out, you can be sure we’ll be seeing more from his creative psyche. British actor Daniel Kuluuya plays an American flawlessly. You’ve seen him in “Kick-Ass 2.” He has a long list of film and TV credits. And Allison Williams happens to be the daughter of former NBC anchorman Brian Williams, but she seems to be making it on her own merit. Like Jordan Peele, this is her first feature film. Jordan Peele says he was inspired to write this movie by Eddie Murphy. During a stand-up comedy show, Murphy talked about going to meet a Caucasian girlfriend’s parents. We expect it turned out better than Peele’s frightening fable.

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