The Hate U Give Trailer

Tragedy Strikes in “The Hate U Give” Trailer

Based on Angie Thomas's wildly successful YA novel from 2017, The Hate U Give looks like it could be one of this year's most explosive movies. While the film will tackle all the usual coming-of-age issues: school, sports, family and romantic relationships, it also touches on one of the most sensitive topics today: police shootings of unarmed black men.

That's the flashpoint in the novel and the film, as Starr (Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games) witnesses her best friend Khalil (Algee Smith, Detroit) get shot by police during a traffic stop. This shakes up her world, causing her to plunge headfirst into activism.

The film's cast also includes Regina Hall (Girls Trip) and Russell Hornsby (Fences) as Starr's parents, Common (John Wick: Chapter Two) as her uncle, and Anthony Mackie (Avengers: Infinity War) as a drug dealer.

The Hate U Give hits theaters Friday, October 19.

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About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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