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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.
Crime Drama - While this drama is based on a young adult novel and is primarily
aimed at teens and young adults, the relevant and powerful issues
raised also make this very much a film also for older adults, not to
mention for parents to watch with pre-teens and above. This is a
major showcase for young lead Amandla Stenberg, with Regina Hall and
Russell Hornsby also having substantial parts. Other familiar faces
such as Common, Anthony Mackie, and Issa Rae have much smaller roles.
Language, violence, and heavy subject matter make the film not for
the youngest kids, but it is appropriate viewing for families with
pre-teens and older.
PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 29 S-words; many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Shootings and beatings with minimal blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, including by teens; tobacco. ACTION: A riot. COMEDY: Some comic lines and exchanges; kid humor.
Roger EbertFull Review Good In my screening of "The Hate U Give,” there were tears, gasps, laughs and cheers. A shiver rippled through my skin when the shots rang out, and I choked back sobs in many more scenes. It may be a popular movie with arguably simple messages, but it delivers them in emotionally effective ways.
The GuardianFull Review Very Good ...a fierce, dynamic movie... It is muscular and very watchable film, with a really strong starring performance from Stenberg. Perhaps it is flawed by a certain emotional grandstanding... The Hate U Give has a fierce storytelling grip.
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Sixteen-year old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) lives in Garden Heights, a
with her close-knit family. Her father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby), is a
member who grew up in Garden Heights and once served time in prison. Now, a
family man and
valued member of the community, Maverick owns the community grocery store.
Lisa (Regina Hall), a nurse, was also reared in Garden Heights, in a family that
aspired more for
its children through education, just as she does for her own. Half-brother Seven
and younger brother Sekani (TJ Wright) complete the family. Dismayed by the
of schools in their community, and wanting to give their children better
and Maverick enroll Starr and her siblings in Williamson Prep School, a
school about forty minutes away.
In Garden Heights, Starr is Starr Version One. She is comfortable speaking
the slang vernacular
of her community, enjoys hip hop without feeling self-conscious, but fears being
acting "white." At Williamson, Starr becomes Starr Version Two. There, she is
guard not to appear or act too 'hood.' She refrains from speaking slang, even if
the white kids do,
her two best friends Hailey (Sabrina Carpenter) and Maya (Megan Lawless) are not
black, and her
boyfriend, Chris (K.J. Apa) is white.
Everything changes when Starr witnesses the shooting death of her childhood
Khalil (Algee Smith) at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop. As
the sole witness, Starr
must choose between speaking up for Khalil, or remaining silent. Telling the
truth could also endanger
herself and her family by implicating King (Anthony Mackie), Garden Heights'
who Khalil worked for. And, she worries about the Williamson community
connecting her to Khalil's
death, and what they will think.
As her community cries out for justice for Khalil, and word spreads about
Starr finds herself navigating an increasingly volatile environment. Starr
begins a journey
of self-discovery, one that will reveal powerful truths and realizations about
herself and, where her
true community lies.