Common Themes Get Out Shares with other films

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner presents the story of a white woman and a black man who are in an interracial relationship. The couple travels to San Francisco, to share the news of their engagement with their parents. However, because of  racial differences between the two, both families seemingly disapprove. 

Ali: Fear eats the Soul

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul presents the story of a German woman in her mid-60s who, by chance, forms a relationship with twenty-somthing year old Moroccan man. The spontaneous relationship is quickly followed up by marriage, which leads to increasingly aggressive hate and criticism of the couple. Overwhelmed by the animosity of others, the begin to question whether or not the relationship can continue.



Get Out and Guess Who’s coming to Dinner

Initially, both Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Get Out start off as the same movie. Both films begin with the introduction of an interracial couple, who is about to meet the white girlfriend’s family. The men of both relationships are consequently thrust into an uncomfortable situation, where they are forced to deal with the parent’s first impression of their daughter’s black boyfriend. However, at this point, both films being to deviate from each other and dive into their respective Drama and Horror narratives.

Yet despite the many differences between both films, the two films still share common themes and melodramatic devices. For instance, although the parents in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Get Out have different reaction when first meeting their daughter’s black boyfriend, their reactions is fueled with Sirkian melodrama. The Sirkian melodrama is therefore used to add subtextual social commentary, through racial tensions that arise within the narrative. Similarly, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Get Out use conventional melodrama as another way to add subtextual social commentary. Both films, identify issues of race and perpetrators of the issues, as the evil. The good, is defined as those who combat the different dynamics of racism thrown their way. 

Get Out and Ali: Fear eATS THE sOUL

Like both Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and Get Out, the plot of Ali: Fear Eats the Soul revolves around an interracial couple dealing with racism affecting their relationship. Throughout the film the German-Morracan couple is consistently shunned by several members of society for their “appalling” relationship.  Consequently, the couple begins to experience microaggressions from family members and neighbors alike, and even blatant racism by character such as the waiter and the shopkeeper. In Get Out, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) experiences these same elements of racism, though to a varying degree. For the most part, the racist remarks Chris experiences, are not charged with as much malice as the remarks made towards the couple in Ali: Fear Eats the Soul. Nevertheless, the microaggressions experienced by characters of both films are used for melodramatic purposes to explain a phenomenon that occurs within  each film’s narrative.