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At Theaters: 10/19/2018 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 12 min.
Internet: None Found Movie ID: 601260
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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.
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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.
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Russell Hornsby FENCES
Director: George Tillman Jr. THE LONGEST RIDE
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PROFANITY: 1 F-word; 29 S-words; many others.
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.

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Roger Ebert Full 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 Guardian Full 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 working-class community with her close-knit family. Her father, Maverick (Russell Hornsby), is a reformed ex-gang 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. Starr's mother, 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 (Lamar Johnson) and younger brother Sekani (TJ Wright) complete the family. Dismayed by the academic achievements of schools in their community, and wanting to give their children better opportunities, Lisa and Maverick enroll Starr and her siblings in Williamson Prep School, a predominantly white 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 seen as acting "white." At Williamson, Starr becomes Starr Version Two. There, she is constantly on 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 best friend, 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' drug lord 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's involvement, 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.

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