A young black student (Amandla Stenberg) from a poor neighborhood who attends a prep school in an affluent area finds her uneasy life balance further disrupted when she witnesses her childhood friend being shot by a police officer. Caught in the middle of the subsequent turmoil, she is forced to look inside herself and figure out just where she stands in her young life. Based on a book of the same name by Angie Thomas and directed by George Tillman Jr.~Kyle Lavigne
Starting a Conversation
The Heart of Georgia
Thank U Georgia
Audio Commentary by George Tillman, Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas and Craig Hayes
An excellent 4K presentation of a very current social drama.
I chose not to read the book, but after finishing the movie, I am reconsidering it. I was very moved by the film, which speaks on all the big issues of the Black Lives Matter movement and police brutality, and on a subtler level, the difficulty experienced by people who live in two different worlds. Young actress Amandla Stenberg carries the film in the lead role of Starr Carter, who goes to a mostly White school and adopts another persona than when she’s in her Black community. The film reminds me in part of dramas of the ‘90s like Boyz N the Hood or Juice, but has a more feminine perspective and acknowledges the 25 (or more) years in which the system has failed to improve in delivering justice to communities of color. When Starr reconnects with her friend Khalil after a party, he tells her about the message he learned from Tupac Shakur’s T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E. philosophy, which sounded brutal to a lot of audiences who misunderstood, but the beginning of the acronym serves here as the title of the film, The Hate U Give—and how that hate plants itself in young people to make them destructive, especially self-destructive.
A tragedy sends repercussions through both of Starr’s worlds, and as her testimony in a criminal cases brings threats to her doorstep, she also finds that not all of her White friends are as concerned about justice as she is. The same ideological divides that saw a peak clash in 2020—with Black Lives Matter challenged by Blue Lives Matter—plays out on the screen in this film, and while it doesn’t try to portray an equality to both arguments, it certainly makes it clear why the film and its characters take the stand that it chooses. What might have seemed far more challenging to White audiences in 2018 should be more understandable to those who have seen the outrage over George Floyd’s and Breona Taylor’s murders escalate, and I invite anyone who wants to learn more about the frustration behind the Black Lives Matter movement to watch the film and hopefully see things in a new way.
As a film, it’s extremely well made, based on the novel by Angie Thomas and directed by George Tillman, Jr., (Notorious, Men of Honor) and with veteran performers like Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Anthony Mackie, and Common. It’s one of the most moving films I’ve seen in the past year, as well as one of the most insightful; the importance of these issues just two years after it was made shouldn’t be ignored.
Good movie. This movie intends to place a mirror in the face of the wrong- doer from the prospective of the victim. It hopes to spark humanity into the mind of a fellow human. Cultures and traditions may be observed differently, however we all share the the same human experience under the same natural and spiritual laws. This should establish a common ground.
This movie regardless of your race will open your eyes to the hate that this world teaches. We all deserve equality and equal rights no matter your skin tone or financial status. When we started checking boxes to "identify" our "race" that's one thing we all got wrong. We are the Human race and it's time we all fight for each other! Amandla is such a beautiful and talented actress and I'm so glad she did this movie. I hope everyone sees this film and acknowledges their part in this and hopefully we can make this world a better place for everybody
I watched this movie with my preteen son when it was on a streaming platform. The tradition in our family is we always give books and movies as stocking stuffers and this was what he wanted. Good movie that is suitable for young adults. Very relevant to the social unrest that is happening today.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 5 months when reviewed.
This movie is powerful! It talks about race related topics pe8go through everyday.