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Get Out DVD review: A Stepford-style Meet The Parents

 

By Damon Smith

Gifted photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) is nervous about a road trip to meet the parents of his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams).

He is warmly welcomed by Dean Armitage (Bradley Whitford) and his psychiatrist wife, Missy (Catherine Keener).

Something about the neighbourhood feels out of kilter and Chris is unnerved by the passive behaviour of the Armitages' black groundskeeper, Walter (Marcus Henderson), and maid Georgina (Betty Gabriel).

When Missy discovers Chris is struggling to give up smoking and offers to use hypnosis to cure his filthy habit, meeting the parents becomes a bruising battle for survival.

A razor-sharp satire, drawing inspiration from the creeping dread of The Stepford Wives to take a scalpel to simmering racial tensions in present day America.

Four stars

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