The Hate U Give (film)

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The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by George Tillman Jr.
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Music by Dustin O'Halloran
Cinematography Mihai Mălaimare Jr.
Edited by
  • Alex Blatt
  • Craig Hayes
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 7, 2018 (2018-09-07) (TIFF)
  • October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05) (United States)
Running time
132 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.5 million[2]

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[3] and was released in the United States on October 5, 2018.[4]


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."[5]


  • Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter[6]
  • Regina Hall as Lisa Carter, Starr's mother[7]
  • Russell Hornsby as Maverick Carter, Starr's father
  • KJ Apa as Chris, Starr's boyfriend[8]
  • Algee Smith as Khalil, Starr's childhood best friend[9]
  • Lamar Johnson as Seven Carter, Starr's older half-brother[10]
  • Issa Rae as April Ofrah, an activist that helps Starr find her voice and speak up[11]
  • Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey, one of Starr’s friends from her prep school.[12]
  • Common as Uncle Carlos, Lisa's brother, Starr’s uncle and a police officer[13]
  • Anthony Mackie as King, a local drug dealer, Kenya's father[14]
  • 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.[6] 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.[10] 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.[7][9] On August 22, it was reported that Common had joined the cast to play Starr's uncle as a police officer.[13]

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.[11][12] 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]

Principal photography on the film began on September 12, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.[14][15]

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.[16] On April 3, 2018, it was announced that KJ Apa had been cast to replace Lawley.[8]


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.[17]

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."[18]


Box office[edit]

In its limited opening weekend, The Hate U Give made $512,035 from 36 theaters, an average of $14,233 per venue, finishing 13th.[19] Playing in a total of 248 theaters the following weekend, the film made $1.8 million, finishing ninth.[20]

Critical response[edit]

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."[21] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 82 out of 100, based on 35 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[22]

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."[23] 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."[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hate U Give". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Hate U Give (2018)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "Toronto: Timothee Chalamet Starrer 'Beautiful Boy,' Dan Fogelman's 'Life Itself' Among Festival Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  4. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (May 23, 2018). "Fox 2000 Sets Release Date For 'The Hate U Give'". Deadline. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Ohikuare, Judith (2017-03-02). "How Tupac's THUG LIFE Inspired This Woman's YA Novel". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  6. ^ a b McNary, Dave (March 23, 2016). "'Hunger Games' Actress Amandla Stenberg to Star in 'The Hate U Give'". Variety. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (August 3, 2017). "Regina Hall Joins YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Fleming Jr, Mike (April 3, 2018). "'Riverdale's K.J. Apa Set For 'The Hate U Give' As Fox 2000 Reshoots Kian Lawley Scenes". Deadline. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (August 15, 2017). "YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' Adds 'Detroit' Star Algee Smith (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  10. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (August 1, 2017). "'The Hate U Give' Adds Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  11. ^ a b McNary, Dave (August 23, 2017). "'Insecure' Star Issa Rae Joins Drama 'The Hate U Give' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Ford, Rebecca (August 24, 2017). "Sabrina Carpenter Joins YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  13. ^ a b Kit, Borys (August 22, 2017). "Common Joins Amandla Stenberg in YA Adaptation 'The Hate U Give'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  14. ^ a b c Evry, Max (September 12, 2017). "Anthony Mackie & Kian Lawley Join The Hate U Give". Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  15. ^ Nick, Romano (September 12, 2017). "'The Hate U Give': First Look At Black Lives Matter-Inspired YA Film Debuts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Pedersen, Erik (February 5, 2018). "Fox Axes YouTube Star Kian Lawley From 'The Hate U Give' Over Racially Offensive Video". Deadline. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  17. ^ Dino-Ray Ramos (September 10, 2018). "'The Hate U Give' Release Moved Up Two Weeks By Fox 2000 – Update". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  18. ^ Stedman, Alex (October 5, 2018). "'The Hate U Give' Screenwriter Audrey Wells Dies at 58". Variety. Retrieved October 8, 2018.
  19. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 7, 2018). "'Venom' Still Showing $80M Fangs; 'A Star Is Born' Hitting $42M+ High Note In Record October Weekend". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  20. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 14, 2018). "'Sony Swings Past $1 Billion As 'Venom' Bites $35M+; 'First Man' Lands Third With $16M+ – Sunday AM". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "The Hate U Give (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  22. ^ "The Hate U Give reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  23. ^ Travers, Peter (October 4, 2018). "Amandla Stenberg Shines in Hard-Hitting 'The Hate U Give'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  24. ^ Watson, Keith (September 29, 2018). "The Hate U Give film review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 15, 2018.

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