The Hate U Give (film)
|The Hate U Give|
|Directed by||George Tillman Jr.|
The Hate U Give|
by Angie Thomas
|Music by||Dustin O'Halloran|
|Cinematography||Mihai Mălaimare Jr.|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
|Box office||$2.5 million|
The Hate U Give is a 2018 American drama film directed by George Tillman Jr. and written by Audrey Wells. It is based on Angie Thomas' 2017 novel of same name. The film stars Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie. It premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2018 and was released in the United States on October 5, 2018.
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 white police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. The title of the film and the young adult novel it is based on is derived from Tupac Shakur's "THUG LIFE" backronym: "The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody."
- Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter
- Regina Hall as Lisa Carter, Starr's mother
- Russell Hornsby as Maverick Carter, Starr's father
- KJ Apa as Chris, Starr's boyfriend
- Algee Smith as Khalil, Starr's childhood best friend
- Lamar Johnson as Seven Carter, Starr's older half-brother
- Issa Rae as April Ofrah, an activist that helps Starr find her voice and speak up
- Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey, one of Starr’s friends from her prep school.
- Common as Uncle Carlos, Lisa's brother, Starr’s uncle and a police officer
- Anthony Mackie as King, a local drug dealer, Kenya's father
- TJ Wright as Sekani Carter, Starr's younger brother
- Dominique Fishback as Kenya, Seven's half-sister
- Megan Lawless as Maya, one of Starr's friends from her prep school.
- Tony Vaughn as Mr. Lewis, a shop owner in Starr's neighborhood. His shop is next to Maverick's.
On March 23, 2017, 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, which 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. On August 1, 2017, Russell Hornsby and Lamar Johnson were cast in the film to play Maverick Carter, Starr's dad, and Seven Carter, Starr's brother, respectively. On August 3, Regina Hall was cast in the film to play Lisa Carter, Starr's mom, and on August 15, Algee Smith joined the film to play Khalil, Starr's childhood best friend. On August 22, it was reported that Common had joined the cast to play Starr's uncle as a police officer.
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 joined the film to play Hailey, one of Starr's friends from her high school. On September 12, Anthony Mackie and Kian Lawley joined the film to play the local drug dealer King, and Starr's boyfriend, Chris, respectively.
On February 5, 2018, it was announced that Kian Lawley had been fired from the film due to a resurfaced video showing Lawley using racially offensive slurs, resulting in his role to be recast and scenes reshot. On April 3, 2018, it was announced that KJ Apa had been cast to replace Lawley.
The Hate U Give began a limited release in the United States on October 5, 2018, before a scheduled expansion the following week and going wide on October 19. It was previously scheduled to simply be released on the 19th.
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."
In its limited opening weekend, The Hate U Give made $512,035 from 36 theaters, an average of $14,233 per venue, finishing 13th. Playing in a total of 248 theaters the following weekend, the film made $1.8 million, finishing ninth.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 97% based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. 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." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film four out of five stars, calling it an "exceptional adaptation" and wrote, "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." 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."
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