. When meeting the parents goes wrong, ‘Get Out’
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When meeting the parents goes wrong, ‘Get Out’

By Timia Whitsey

Imagine that you've just celebrated five months with your new girlfriend and an important milestone in your relationship has approached; it's time to meet her parents.

Most prepare by dressing well and rehearsing their answers to commonly asked questions. But how does one brace themselves to be hypnotized, tortured, and held against their will by their potential in-laws instead?

Comedian and writer Jordan Peele explores the depths of interracial relationships, but from a twisted and satirical perspective in his new movie, "Get Out."

An advance screening of "Get Out" is 7 p.m. Thursday, February 16 at the Virginia Air and Space Museum Theater in downtown Hampton. The official release nationwide is Friday, Feb. 24.

The thriller focuses on a black man who visits his white girlfriend's family for the first time. After a series of eerie events that occur throughout the weekend, he learns that his visit will be far from ordinary, as he must fight to make it out of this sinister suburb alive.

Unlike other popular interracially themed movies such as "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" "Get Out" may leave viewers feeling skeptical about dating outside of their race.

"I think [the movie] will discourage interracial dating because it highlights the racial tension in society," said Jessica Williams, a Hampton University MBA major from Houston.

Others see this movie as an opportunity to shed light on a point of view often overlooked.

"People don't realize how intimidating interracial relationships can be from a minority's perspective," said Timothy Guillory of Houston, an ER registrar, "so this allows people to see the other side of it."

Though the movie has gotten most people talking, Carlton Griffin of Atlanta, a Hampton U. cinema studies minor, feels indifferent about the subject.

"I don't ever think I'll date a white woman, but for my brothers that will date white women and my sisters that will date white men, be careful," he said.

Photo courtesy of www.TrailerAddict.com.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications./