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Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) is going to meet the parents of his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams). Chris is Black, Rose is White, and in one of the early scenes, he asks if she has told her parents this. She assures him that her parents are okay with it, and of course, her father “would have voted for Obama a third time”. When he gets there, we learn what she really means by that. Chris senses something strange, particularly in the behaviors of the Black help. The film starts off as a take on “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, and then once he enters the strange world of her parents, family, and friends, it becomes its own unique take on “Stepford Wives”.  This film is quite clever satire, full of plays on stereotypes and provides funny insight on the phrase, “I am not racist”. It has the elements of a great horror movie – wonderful playful and creepy score, lots of scenes that make you jump, awesome camera angles, psychological creepiness, and above all, great social commentary. The acting is fantastic, especially by Kaluuya and the female servant. Big thumbs up from me for a film that is a wonderful and novel twist on the horror genre. The movie is creepy, some parts made me feel a bit claustrophobic, and the end is rather violent. But it is a movie that makes you think while simultaneously entertaining you. It is early, but if this is a sample of what we will be seeing in 2017, I am ready!

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