The Hate U Give (film)

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The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give poster.png
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Tillman Jr.
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onThe Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Starring
Music byDustin O'Halloran
CinematographyMihai Mălaimare Jr.
Edited by
  • Craig Hayes
  • Alex Blatt
Production
companies
Distributed by20th Century Fox[1]
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) (United States)
Running time
133 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$23 million[4]
Box office$34.9 million[4]

The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama[4] film co-produced and directed by George Tillman Jr. from a screenplay by Audrey Wells, based on the 2017 young adult novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. The film was produced by Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Robert Teitel and Tillman Jr., and stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie, and follows the fallout after a high school student witnesses a police shooting.

The project was announced on March 23, 2016, and casting took place during August and September 2017. Principal photography began on September 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Kian Lawley's role was recast after a video of him using racially offensive slurs resurfaced. A month later, it was announced that Lawley had been replaced by Apa.

The Hate U Give premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018,[5] and was released in the United States on October 5, 2018.[6] Although the film was a modest box office success, grossing over $34 million worldwide against its $23 million budget, it received critical acclaim, with many praising Stenberg's performance, Wells' screenplay and Tillman Jr.'s direction. The film was nominated for and won numerous accolades, including Stenberg winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and being nominated for a Critics' Choice Award.

Plot[edit]

Starr Carter is a 16-year-old American girl who lives in the predominantly black neighborhood of Garden Heights, but attends a predominantly white private school Williamson Prep.

After a gun goes off at a party Starr is attending, Starr is driven home by her childhood best friend, Khalil. While driving home, they are stopped by a police officer for failing to signal a lane change. The officer barks orders at Khalil, such as to roll down the window and turn off the music. Khalil disagrees with the officer, who instructs him to exit the car.

While outside the car, the officer retrieves Khalil's drivers license and instructs him to keep his hands on the roof while the officer checks his ID. Khalil leans down into the car window to check on Starr, before reaching through the driver-side to pick up a hairbrush. The officer shoots and kills Khalil. As Starr mourns over Khalil, the officer realizes that he was holding a hairbrush, not a gun.

Khalil's killing becomes a national news story. Starr's identity as the witness is initially kept secret from everyone outside Starr's family – leaving Starr's two best friends, Hailey Grant and Maya Yang, and Starr's boyfriend, Chris, who all attend Williamson Prep together, unaware of Starr's connection to the killing. Having to keep this secret weighs on Starr, as does her need to keep her Williamson and Garden Heights personas separate.

Starr agrees to be interviewed on television and to testify in front of a grand jury after being encouraged by a civil rights lawyer, April Ofrah. While defending Khalil's character during her interview, in which her identity is hidden, she names the King Lords, the gang that controls her neighborhood. The gang retaliates by threatening Starr and her family, forcing them to move in with her Uncle Carlos, her mom's brother, who is a police detective.

Carlos was a father figure to Starr when her father, Maverick, spent three years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Following his release, Maverick left the gang and became the owner of the Garden Heights grocery store where Starr and her half-brother Seven work. Maverick was only allowed to leave the King Lords because his false confession to a crime kept gang leader King from being locked up. King, widely feared in the neighborhood, now lives with Seven's mother and Seven's half-sister Kenya, who is friends with Starr.

After a grand jury does not indict the officer, Garden Heights erupts into both peaceful protests and riots. In reaction to the decision, Starr takes an increasingly public role, including speaking out during the protests, which are met by police in riot gear. Her increasing identification with the people of Garden Heights causes tension with Starr's school friends, and especially with her boyfriend Chris. Starr and Maya eventually start standing up to Hailey's racist comments, and Chris remains supportive of Starr.

Starr and Seven get trapped in Maverick's grocery store, which is fire-bombed by King and his gang. The two escape with the help of Maverick and some other Garden Heights business owners. When the police arrive, Starr's younger brother Sekani points a gun at King. Starr defuses the situation. The community stands up against King, who goes to jail. Starr eventually promises to keep Khalil's memory alive, and to continue her advocacy against police violence by "any means necessary."

Cast[edit]

  • Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter
  • Regina Hall as Lisa Carter, Starr's & Sekani's mother and Maverick's wife
  • Russell Hornsby as Maverick Carter, Starr, Sekani & Seven's father
  • Algee Smith as Khalil Harris, Starr's childhood best friend
  • Lamar Johnson as Seven Carter, Starr, Sekani, Kenya and Lyric’s older half-brother
  • Issa Rae as April Ofrah
  • K. J. Apa as Chris Bryant, Starr's boyfriend
  • Common as Carlos, Lisa's brother and uncle to Starr & Sekani
  • Anthony Mackie as King, Iesha's husband, father to Kenya and Lyric, stepfather to Seven
  • Dominique Fishback as Kenya, Starr's best friend and one of three half-sisters to Seven
  • Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey Grant, one of Starr's school friends
  • TJ Wright as Sekani Carter, Starr's younger brother and Seven's half-brother

Drew Starkey reprises his role as Garrett Laughlin from Love, Simon, credited as "Office 115".

Production[edit]

On March 23, 2016, it was announced that Amandla Stenberg would star as Starr Carter in the film, based on the novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. George Tillman Jr. would direct, from a screenplay by Audrey Wells, while producers would be Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey through State Street Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment.[7] On August 1, 2017, Russell Hornsby and Lamar Johnson were cast in the film to play Maverick Carter, Starr's father, and Seven Carter, Starr's brother, respectively.[8] On August 3, Regina Hall was added as Lisa Carter, Starr's mother, and on August 15, Algee Smith also joined, to play Khalil, Starr's childhood best friend.[9][10] On August 22, it was reported that Common had been cast as Starr's uncle, a police officer.[11]

On August 23, 2017, Issa Rae was cast in the film to play April, the social activist who encourages Starr to speak out publicly. On August 24, Sabrina Carpenter was added as well, playing Hailey, one of Starr's high school friends.[12][13] On September 12, Anthony Mackie and Kian Lawley joined the film to play the local drug dealer King, and Starr's boyfriend, Chris, respectively.[14] On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Lawley had been fired from the film due to a resurfaced video showing Lawley using racially offensive slurs, resulting in his role being recast and his scenes reshot.[15] On April 3, 2018, it was announced that KJ Apa would replace Lawley.[16]

Principal photography on the film began on September 12, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia.[14][17]

Release[edit]

The Hate U Give began a limited release in the United States on October 5, 2018, before a scheduled expansion the following week, and then a wide release on October 19, the day it opened worldwide. It was previously scheduled to go directly into wide release on the 19th.[18]

The day prior to the film's release, screenwriter Audrey Wells died from cancer at the age of 58. 20th Century Fox released a statement saying, "We are simply heartbroken. Audrey's was a voice of empowerment and courage, and her words will live on through the strong, determined female characters she brought to life. Our thoughts are with Brian, Tatiana, and all of Audrey's family and friends at this difficult time."[19]

The Hate U Give was released on digital download on January 8, 2019, and on DVD/Blu-Ray on January 22, 2019.[20]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The Hate U Give grossed $29.7 million in the United States and Canada, and $5.2 million in other territories, for a total worldwide gross of $34.9 million, against a production budget of $23 million.[4] Although when Disney acquired Fox, The Hollywood Reporter stated that the film has lost Fox a total of $30–$40 million dollars.[21][22] In its limited opening weekend, The Hate U Give made $512,035 from 36 theaters, for an average of $14,233 per venue, finishing 13th.[23] Playing in a total of 248 theaters the following weekend, the film made $1.8 million, finishing ninth.[24] The film was projected to gross $7–9 million when it expanded to 2,303 theaters on October 19.[25] It made $2.5 million on its first day of wide release, including $300,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to gross $7.5 million over the weekend, finishing sixth at the box office.[26] It fell 33% to $5.1 million the following weekend, remaining in sixth.[27]

Critical response[edit]

Stenberg's performance was praised by critics, and she received several accolades for the role.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 223 reviews, and an average rating of 8.10/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Led by a breakout turn from Amandla Stenberg, the hard-hitting The Hate U Give emphatically proves the YA genre has room for much more than magic and romance."[28] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 81 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."[29] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film a rare average grade of "A+" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported filmgoers gave it an 88% positive score and a 74% "definite recommend."[26]

Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film four out of five stars, calling it an "exceptional adaptation," and writing, "It is impossible to over-praise Stenberg's incandescent performance, a gathering storm that grows in ferocity and feeling with each scene. Stenberg nails every nuance of a role that keeps throwing challenges at her, none more devastating than when it becomes impossible for Starr to remain stuck in neutral."[30]

Keith Watson of Slant Magazine gave the film two out of four stars, writing, "Given its intensely relevant subject matter, the film can't help but churn up a lot of raw emotions—and the allusions to Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and Emmett Till are reminders of the real-life sorrow that birthed this film—but Tillman's anonymous direction is content merely to illustrate the screenplay without ever bringing it to life. Even scenes that are meant to be tinged with menace and danger—run-ins with a local gang, a shooting at a party—feel about as raw as an episode of Degrassi."[31] Scott Mendelson, writing for Forbes, stated that the film deserved to be an Academy Awards frontrunner for its screenplay, Stenberg and Russell Hornsby's performances, and the picture itself, saying it "belongs among the final list of would-be Best Picture nominees."[32]

Awards[edit]

Society Award Place Year
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Winner 2018[33]
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Breakout Performance (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Picture 3rd 2018[33]
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Young Actor/Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2018[33]
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Big Budget Feature - Drama (Yesi Ramirez, Tara Feldstein, Chase Paris) Nominee 2019[33]
American Film Festival Narrative Feature (George Tillman Jr.) Winner 2018[33]
Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Picture 4th place 2018[33]
Chicago International Film Festival Best Narrative English-Language Feature (George Tillman Jr.) Winner 2018[33]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Woman Screenwriter (Audrey Wells) Nominee 2019[33]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Audrey Wells) Nominee 2019[33]
BET Awards Best Picture 4th place 2019[33]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2019[33]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Original Song (Arlissa, "We Won't Move") Nominee 2019[33]
Black Reel Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2019[33]
Casting Society of America Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Big Budget Feature - Drama (Yesi Ramirez, Tara Feldstein, Chase Paris) Nominee 2019[33]
Georgia Film Critics Association (GAFCA) Oglethorpe Award for Cinema in Georgia Cinema (George Tillman Jr., Audrey Wells) Nominee 2019[33]
Greater Western New York Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2018[33]
Guild of Music Supervisors Awards Best Music Supervision for Films Budgeted Under 25 Million Dollars (Season Kent) Nominee 2019[33]
Hamptons International Film Festival Best Narrative Feature (George Tillman Jr.) Winner 2018[33]
Hamptons International Film Festival Breakthrough Artist (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
Heartland Film Truly Moving Picture Award (George Tillman Jr., Twentieth Century Fox) Winner 2018[33]
Hollywood Film Awards Breakthrough Artist (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) Best Original Song - Feature Film (Song: "We Won't Move" by Jessica Karpov, Arlissa, Kevin White, and Mike Woods) Nominee 2018[33]
Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2019[33]
Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2019[33]
Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Regina Hall) Nominee 2019[33]
Image Awards (NAACP) Outstanding Motion Picture Nominee 2019[33]
Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Picture Winner 2018[33]
Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Adapted Screenplay (Audrey Wells) Winner 2018[33]
Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
Indiana Film Journalists Association, US Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2018[33]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Picture Winner 2018[33]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Adapted Screenplay (Audrey Wells) Winner 2018[33]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Breakthrough Performance (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2018[33]
Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2018[33]
Mill Valley Film Festival U.S. Cinema (George Tillman Jr.) Winner 2018[33]
MTV Movie + TV Awards Best Performance in a Movie (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2019[33]
Music City Film Critics' Association Awards Best Young Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2019[33]
Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards Best Script (Audrey Wells) Winner 2019[33]
ReFrame Feature (Twentieth Century Fox) Winner 2019[33]
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2018[33]
Savannah Film Festival Rising Star Award (Amandla Stenberg) Winner 2018[33]
Seattle Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Nominee 2019[33]
St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Soundtrack Nominee 2018[33]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Nominee 2019[33]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama Movie Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2019[33]
Toronto International Film Festival Best Canadian Feature Film (George Tilmman Jr.) Nominee 2018[33]
Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor (Russel Hornsby) Winner 2018[33]
Utah Film Critics Association Awards Best Adapted Screenplay (Audrey Wells) Nominee 2018[33]
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Youth Performance (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2018[33]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Woman Storyteller (Audrey Wells) Winner 2018[33]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Josephine Baker Award Nominee 2018[33]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Young Actress (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2018[33]
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Family Film Nominee 2018[33]
Women's Image Network Awards Supporting Actress Feature Film (Regina Hill) Winner 2019[33]
Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film (Amandla Stenberg) Nominee 2019[33]
Women's Image Network Awards Outstanding Feature Film Nominee 2019[33]

See also[edit]

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