Jordan Peele is best known for his comedy work on Mad TV and Key and Peele, but for his feature film debut he chose a decidedly different path. Get Out is not only a horror film, it’s a horror film about racism. The opening scene sets the tone: a black man walks nervously along the side of the road, his eyes darting wildly at his surroundings. Where is he? The suburbs. The scene is reminiscent of Trayvon Martin, and it’s one of many allusions to recent events in the film.
Daniel Kaluuya plays Chris, a black man dating a white woman named Rose (Allison Williams). When Rose takes Chris home to meet her parents for the first time, she doesn’t tell them his race. After all, it shouldn’t matter and her parents are nice. True enough, Rose’s parents take to Chris from the start, but something strange is going on in their home. Not everyone living there seems normal, and the friends of the family are weirder still. The tension reaches a boiling point and we soon discover that nothing is what it seems. Get Out tackles serious topics head on while still giving audiences a thrill ride to remember.
Join Jon and Tim as they discuss the Oscars snafu, how to read the Tomatometer, Jon’s love for horror movies, Nicolas Cage in a bear suit, fear of the other, the assault on black bodies, and why addressing racism must begin by looking within.