Rose Armitage wants to introduce her new boyfriend, black photographer Chris, to her parents. No worries, as they are liberal, tolerant people. But when the black staff starts acting strangely and a whole bunch of white guests arrive, Chris starts to get more and more uncomfortable. Comedian Jordan Peele mercilessly ridicules white hypocrisy in his incredibly suspenseful debut film.
Jordan Peele is half of the comedy duo Key & Peele and also performed at Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago for a while. Peele’s intentions with his debut film, however, are more serious that you might expect from looking at his track record. He plays with the myth of the black man as a physical super human, both despised and envied by the white man. Because Peele takes his time to build up the tension, Chris’ discomfort also grabs a hold of the viewer. Right until the tension explodes and the film takes a turn towards more contemporary horror. Meanwhile, Peele mercilessly exposes the latent racism of the liberal middle class.