Few situations are as anxiety-inducing as meeting your significant other's parents for the first time. While you're eager to find out whether they'll like you, you're also sizing them up on your end, hoping to eliminate any last minute doubts you may have about your own relationship. We've seen this play out a lot in Hollywood films (mostly comedies), including the Meet the Parents franchise and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. But writer/director Jordan Peele (Key and Peele) attempts to turn this premise on its head with GET OUT, an upcoming speculative thriller told through the eyes of a black man (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend's (Allison Williams) parents (Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford) in a society that continues to deny its fear of the black man.
And from what I can gather by watching the trailer, it looks like Peele has drawn on that white fear as the real villain in the story, when Chris (Kaluuya) becomes an unsuspecting target in what was supposed to be a warm invite. More in the synopsis:
In Universal Pictures' Get Out, a speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, when a young African-American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya, Sicario) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams, Girls), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener, Captain Phillips) and Dean (Bradley Whitford, The Cabin in the Woods).
At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
So, I'll admit I was not a fan of Peele and Keegan Michael Key's big screen comedy, Keanu (like, at all). But I would like to remain cautiously optimistic about this one, mostly because of its ingenious premise and genre placement. Check out a few additional stills from the film:
GET OUT opens in theaters February 24.