Taglines: Just because you’re invited, doesn’t mean you’re welcome.
Black photographer Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) are preparing for a trip to meet her parents, Dean (Bradley Whitford) and Missy (Catherine Keener). Chris has some concerns because Rose has not told her parents that he is black, but Rose assures him everything will be fine and they depart. They hit a deer while driving, and Chris is distressed to see it dying slowly in the woods instead of being killed instantly.
As Chris and Rose arrive at the Armitage family estate, Rose points out the black groundskeeper, Walter (Marcus Henderson). Rose’s parents are warm and welcoming, with Dean giving a house tour and introducing him to their black housekeeper Georgina (Betty Gabriel). As Chris gets to know the Armitages, he relates how his mother died in a hit-and-run incident when he was eleven years old. They also discuss Chris’s smoking habit and Missy, a psychiatrist, offers to help him quit through hypnosis. Chris politely declines just as Rose’s brother Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones) arrives for dinner.
That night, when Chris goes out into the backyard to smoke, he observes strange behavior from Walter and Georgina. As he re-enters the house, he runs into Missy, who brings up Chris’s smoking habit and invites him to sit down with her. She again brings up hypnosis before asking Chris about the night his mother died.
Chris reveals his guilt for not calling 911 as soon as he noticed that his mother never came home, and instead sat watching television for several hours. He finds himself unable to move and realizes he is being hypnotized. Missy commands him to sink into the floor, and his consciousness falls into a void as Missy tells him, from a distance, that he is now in “the sunken place”. Chris suddenly wakes up in bed and believes that the encounter was just a nightmare. However, after a conversation in which Walter apologizes for his strange behavior the night before, Chris realizes that Missy did hypnotize him after all.
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener, Caleb Landry Jones, Marcus Henderson, Betty Gabriel, Lakeith Stanfield
Screenplay by: Jordan Peele
Production Design by: Rusty Smith
Cinematography by: Toby Oliver
Film Editing by: Gregory Plotkin
Costume Design by: Nadine Haders
Set Decoration by: Leonard R. Spears
Art Direction by: Chris Craine
Music by: Michael Abels
MPAA Rating: R for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date: February 24, 2017