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The Hate U Give also known as “A gyűlölet, amit adtál”

MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug material and language.

Check back later for review coming from contributor Samiatu Dosunmu by Oct 28-30

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Primary Audience:
• Teens • Young-Adults • Adults
Crime Drama Adaptation
2 hr. 13 min.
Year of Release:
USA Release:
October 5, 2018 (limited—34 theaters)
October 19, 2018 (wide—2,300+ theaters)
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Featuring: Amandla Stenberg … Starr Carter
Regina Hall … Lisa Carter
Russell Hornsby … Maverick 'Mav' Carter
Anthony Mackie … King
Issa Rae … April Ofrah
Algee Smith … Khalil
Sabrina Carpenter … Hailey
K.J. Apa … Chris
Dominique Fishback … Kenya
Lamar Johnson … Seven Carter
TJ Wright … Sekani
Megan Lawless … Maya
Rhonda Johnson Dents … Miss Rosalie
Tony Vaughn … Mr. Lewis
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Director: George Tillman Jr.—“Faster” (2010), “Notorious” (2009), “Barbershop” (2002)
Producer: Fox 2000 Pictures
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Temple Hill Entertainment
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Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “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. THE HATE U GIVE is based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas.”

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Positive—I came on this site to get a breakdown of what to expect in terms of language and violence, as I can be rather sensitive to both. While I was initially shocked by John’s review (based on a 2 minute trailer), I ended up being sad.

I really wish that instead of rushing to demonize something, we took more than a 2 minute trailer to seek to understand it. What this film shows is how a young activist found her passion and voice from a personal (and traumatic) experience. This is often the case of many activists. It may not be an experience we can relate to or agree with, but perhaps we wouldn’t be so polarized if we tried to empathize. James 1:19 calls us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Jumping the gun on a 2 minute trailer is definitely not doing that.

I could partially relate to the main character of Starr.

I am a middle class black woman, who grew up attending schools and living in neighborhoods where I was often “the only one” (I was one of 2 black students in my graduating class, and there were 4 of us in the entire high school). Unless you know what it’s like to be “the only one” (of ANYTHING), I caution against mocking the experience as John does. Could it be that Starr sees her neighborhood as “perfect” not in a sense of there being no crime or perfect harmony, but because it’s where she can be herself and be accepted? At my prep school, the kids made fun of my hair, the music I liked (before hip-hop was mainstream), my African-inspired jewelry, would question why the makeup in my purse was “disgustingly brown” (I am dark skinned), and mock my use of proper English by asking why I didn’t “talk like real black people.” I often blinked back tears while I tried to laugh it off, and did EVERYTHING I could to fit in, even straightening my hair DAILY. But I am proof God will use ANYTHING to draw us to Him: because of how uncomfortable I felt at school and in my neighborhood (we were the only black family), I threw myself into my church (which was predominantly black), where people didn’t make fun of me for those things. My church family GOT me, which made them “my people” (as Starr says). I get what she means.

I also say this because like Starr, my experience (while not as traumatic) has made me very passionate about embracing the marginalized. Instead of allowing my experience to break my spirit (as what could’ve happened to Staff) I used it to make me more empathetic: I was with some of some of my classmates—the same ones who mocked me—when we played in a tournament against a school on another side of town. They commented on feeling very awkward and “out of place” as they were finally having the experience of being “the only ones.” I could’ve had my “So how does it feel?!” moment. But instead, I remembered what I would go thru nearly every day, and offered support. THAT is how I tapped into my experience and demonstrated activism. I can’t say I’m the marching, protesting type like Starr, but I do relate to turning a personal experience into a personal movement.

It sounds as if John’s stance comes from having loved ones in law enforcement. I respect that; that is honorable. And I also know what it’s like to worry about the safety of loved ones. You see, I have three younger brothers who have already been stopped by police for “not looking like they belong in this neighborhood.” My youngest brother was recently asked to recite our address because the cop didn’t believe he lived where it was stated on his ID. I saw that experience shift his trust of the police. My trust shifted after the Rodney King verdict (which John is too young to recall, but let’s just say you can have a “legitimate case” backed by video evidence and NOT win in court). However, instead of digging our heels into who has it worse, or who’s right or wrong, I think we can actually find some commonality in our concern for our loved ones and leverage it into productive dialogue. We cannot allow mistrust to turn into disrespect on EITHER side. Blasting a FICTION film based on a FICTION book—and then trying to use that to condemn an author and entire movement—based on a 2 minute trailer is NOT productive. It’s my prayer that we find another way. There HAS to be one.

(By the way, what is “acting ghetto'?)
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Christina, age 43 (USA)

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Comments from non-viewers
Negative—I’ve watched the trailer for this movie several times, and it doesn’t take a very intellectually smart person to realize that this film is mere leftist propaganda. Let me do a walk-through of this trailer so that those of you who haven’t seen the trailer understand what this film really is about.

Our main protagonist in this movie is a girl named Starr who lives in a place called Garden Heights, which she describes as the most perfect place to live because “her people” live there. Ironically in the next shot you see the local barbershop owner opening his shop, but as he’s doing it you see him unlock the bars off the windows (so it’s not a perfect place like Starr makes it seem like). She says the local high school is where you go to get jumped, pregnant, or high. So she goes to Williamson High School, where she pretends to not act ghetto until the weekend.

Basically when her and her male friend drive around in a car and get pulled over by the police. The police tell the boyfriend to get out of the car (which he does), and they tell him to move to a certain position/area (which he also does), but then he comes back to the car, reaches his hand through the driver’s side window to grab something; Starr tells him to go back where he’s supposed to be, and the Police tell him to stop, but he doesn’t, so he gets shot.

The rest of the movie documents the rise of Starr’s political activism. Christians DO NOT GO SEE THIS MOVIE OR READ THE BOOK on which this film is based. The movie is based off the book of the same title by Angie Thomas, and the reason why she wrote it was to spread light on the BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT! She even said she used the Michael Brown shooting incident as her inspiration for the book/movie! Michael Brown was a thug who stole a pack of cigarillos, shoved a store manager, and tried to disarm a police officer and shoot him.

Black Lives Matter needs to be labeled as a hate group! Many homes, businesses, and neighborhoods have been destroyed in the name of this movement. Many police officers have been killed in the name of this movement.

As a brother of 3 law enforcement officers I worry about their safety on the job, but hateful rhetoric like this makes me even more concerned. Yes I admit are some instances of real police brutality, but if you have a legitimate case you will win in court. However, the incident depicted in this movie and the incidents on which it is based upon are not legitimate cases of police brutality. Overall, this movie has a dangerous message and is a waste of your god-given time and money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—John Johnson, age 22 (USA)