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by Todd Pearage

Get Out


Rated R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.

Starring Keith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener and Betty Gabriel

Directed by Jordan Peele


Todd's Rating: Theatre Worthy

Dynamic ImageI really like this surprisingly intense thriller.

Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). 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 could have never imagined.

I kept hearing people talking about the film Get Out, but it didn’t really interest me. So when my wife and I finally had a chance to check it out, I was kicking myself that it took so long.

First of all, the story is so well crafted and creepy that it causes this tension of not being about to look away and not wanting to watch. I felt the trailer had given away too much of the story and while I still feel that way, I will say there were still a few surprises.

Secondly, the cast is superb. I especially loved Keith Stanfield. His facial expressions are priceless and shows that he can carry a film. And I have to say that Bradley Whitford was really good. He literally made me so uneasy as I was watching it…which is exactly what the film maker wanted.

Speaking of the film maker, first time director Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele fame), really impressed me. He kept the pace moving and the intensity pretty high.

SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
Although sex or nudity is never shown it is implied and discussed several times.

There are several violent scenes throughout the film.

There is also a lot of curses by a secondary character including the F-word and the S-word.


CONVERSATION STARTER:
  1. What was the scariest thing about this movie?

  2. Can you imagine if someone else had the ability to make decisions for your body?

  3. Read Romans 12:1-2

      And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  4. In the film who was “changing” their minds?

  5. According to this passage who transforms our minds?

  6. What are some areas you need God to change the way you think?




Todd Pearage Todd Pearage is a movie buff at heart, but he's not your traditional film critic. Todd is a blue collar film geek, from his job years ago at Blockbuster to his heartfelt online movie reviews. But Todd isn't just a film geek. He has worked with middle and high school students since 1991 as a youth pastor and is currently on staff at Calvary Church in Souderton, PA. Todd and his wife Lynda have three children, Brianna, Caleb and Addyson.



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