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Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 stars

The Hate U Give

Fox 2000 Pictures, State Street Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment present a 132 minute, PG-13, Crime, Drama, directed by George Tillman Jr., screenplay by Audrey Wells and based upon the novel by Angie Thomas with a theatre release date of October 19, 2018.


A good friend of mine Giovanni has told me that as kids his parents told him how to behave around white police so as not to cause trouble or give them a reason to do so. In this film Maverick ‘Mav’ Carter (Russell Hornsby) gave them the same lesson about life. Starr was just 9 years old, Seven was 10 and Sekani just 1 were all informed about the black panther book. Years later as Starr (Amandla Stenberg) Seven (Lamar Johnson) and Sekani (TJ Wright) were older their parents sent them to a different school, Williamson School, which was wealthier, mixed races and in a much better neighborhood than the heights were they live. Lisa Carter (Regina Hall) their mother did not want them going to any schools in the area since they are filled with drugs, fights, shootings and death. I wouldn’t want my kids going there either!

Starr made friends easily but her best friends were Hailey (Sabrina Carpenter) and Maya (Megan Lawless) and her boyfriend was Chris (K.J. Apa). Racism exists everywhere on both sides of the black and white spectrum so sending them to a rich school would not stop that fact all together. Lisa worked in the hospital and Mav owned a grocery store so both parents did well even though Mav did prison time. But it was one night when Starr went to a local house party with Kenya (Dominique Fishback) daughter of criminal drug lord King (Anthony Mackie) and April Ofrah (Issa Rae). It was the night at the party that would change Starr forever. Her childhood best friend Khalil (Algee Smith) showed up and as always caught Starr’s attention but when gun shots ring out Starr and Khalil run for his car but little did they know that the ride home would end for Khalil. Pulled over by a white police officer # 115 (Drew Starkey) for failing to use a turn signal that night witnessed by Starr would be the last breath ever taken by Khalil. It seems Khalil did not follow the proper behavior that was taught to Starr by her parents.

Starr’s Uncle Carlos (Common) also a police officer gave her advice about speaking to a grand jury as well as the differences between a black and a white neighborhood patrolled by police. Starr always felt that where you live does not define who you are. For some people that is true yet for some like King and his henchmen that’s not so true. Starr had a secret she kept inside since her childhood and never felt there was a time to use her voice. She knew the true story that Khalil worked for King Lord (Moses Jones) but chose not to tell anyone. He also knew that given reason to live gives reason to die and when judging friends does the good outweigh the bad!

Dating a white guy she has always wondered if he truly saw her so Chris proved a point and met her dad which was a bit of a shock. When Starr chose to be interviewed about Khalil death she was then made a target by the drug lord. Starr testified and protesters followed while the jury made a decision. One thing Starr learned about her culture was that it is “not the hate you give but rather it’s the hate we give”. This speech by Starr brought light into darkness for her and some others but many will have to understand that the ThugLife was not for her and hopefully truth will set you free.

I loved this film which had some laughable moments along with some truly criminal ones. It was a well written film and nicely directed but it was the casting that brought the words to life. True emotions ran from beginning to end like the blood within ones veins. While I taught there are many subjects that shed a light on the white community there was almost equal the same addressed about the black community. The only way to exist is to trust one another but the more one fights doing so, the worse things will become. Stenberg was exceptional as were Hall, Hornsby, Mackie, Common, Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Fishback, Johnson, Wright, Lawless and Smith but through it all the shinning Starr is truly Stenberg. Make a difference and see this story with an open mind.

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