Meeting your sweetheart’s parents for the very first time can be scary. But who would have guessed how frightening it actually got for the ambitious photographer Chris?
We’re living in a more or less tolerant society. Being openminded is modern and hip, conservatives are losers. We all want to get along with each other and if we all try a little bit harder, we can live in a happy world without hate and prejudice. Welcome to the candy-cotton world of Rose’s parents.
Is it really better?
Rose introduces her new boyfriend Chris during a trip to her posh parent’s house at the country side. Does her white, rich, upper class family already know that Chris is black? While this is no topic for the couple to worry about, it is one of the first things discussed with the parents. After a strange encounter in the middle of the night with Rose’s psychanalyst mother, Chris meets even stranger people at the family + friends party – all white people who are very excited having a black guy in their midst, asking questions about muscle, sklin colour and even penis size. Say what?
The Flashy Thing
Things get out of hand when another Afro-American man enters the party. One dressed in a neat suit who looks somehow familiar to Chris. When he secretly takes a picture, the flash of his phone triggers something in the strange young man. A reverse “man-in-black”-flashy-thing (blitzdings) seems to be going on, when for a brief moment the young man remembers something and warns Chris “Get Out!”. Rose’s mother takes care of the situation and after a quick ‘psychological session’ everything seems back to normal. Whatever ‘normal’ means…
My two Cents
Despite the serious topic, the movie has got some awkwardly funny moments. Maybe less funny if you think of your own family and how strange they can be at times. It reflects widespread opinions and shows a bigoted society, open and tolerant on the outside – heartless monsters on the inside.
It’s not only worth seeing for the fabulous actors (Daniel Kaluuya – whom I loved in Black Mirror, or Allison Williams – the somehow up-straight Marnie from Girls) but also for the amazing plot twist (who would have guessed??). Also the creative aspect of the Hyposis-scenes I liked a lot. The ‘sunken place’, as it is called throughout the movie, remindes of Scarlett Johannsons ‘lair’ in “Under The Skin”.