Janet's TAKE: #BlacKkKlansman is a thought-provoking, hard-hitting commentary on race relations for both the past and present. Grade/A-

One of Spike Lee's more
entertaining efforts with a star-making performance by John David Washington (Denzel's son). Based on Ron Stallworth's book, this dramatic look at history is laced with humor. Adam Driver and Topher Grace lead a fine supporting cast.

Directed by Spike Lee

Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Topher Grace, Corey Hawkins, Laura Harrier, Ryan Eggold, Jaspar Pääkkönen, Ashlie Atkinson

It’s the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African-American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department’s rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan’s Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron’s commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth’s colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider’s knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. - Focus Features

MPAA Rating: R for language throughout, including racial epithets, and for disturbing/violent material and some sexual references
Running Time: 128 minutes

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