The Hate U Give (2018 Movie); Review, Thoughts and Lessons

The Hate U Give movie

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I have been sharing my thoughts on some of the scenes in The Hate U Give Movie on my WhatsApp status and Instagram stories. It’s scattered all over and I would love to have them all in a place where I myself can read again.

The last time I did a major lesson round up (apart from this one on Geostorm) was War Room (2015). It managed to go viral without credits to me on most of the blogs. It’s fine though, there will always be thieves. Yeah, if you did and are reading this one now, I said it.

The Hate U Give is such a powerful movie with a powerful story. Ever wonder why I never talk about cinematography and acting in my movie reviews? I just love stories, that’s it.

I want to hear a story and enjoy it. It’s that simple. Whenever you see me analyzing a movie in-depth, I didn’t enjoy the story (most of the time) and I am looking for ways to make up for it. You can, however, read a critic review of The Hate U Give here and here.

The Hate U Give Synopsis

The Hate U Give

Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg) is in between two conflicting worlds, one that is predominantly poor and black and the other, white and wealthy. Her childhood best Friend, Khalil is shot and she happens to be the only witness. Starr struggles with dealing with the loss of her friend, speaking up for him and maintaining the balance between the diversity she is exposed to daily.

The Hate U Give Cast

The Hate U Give movie

Amandla Stenberg as Starr Carter
Regina Hall as Lisa Carter
Russell Hornsby as Maverick Carter
KJ Apa as Chris
Algee Smith as Khalil Harris
Lamar Johnson as Seven Carter
Issa Rae as April Ofrah
Sabrina Carpenter as Hailey
Common as Uncle Carlos
Anthony Mackie as King
TJ Wright as Sekani Carter
Dominique Fishback as Kenya
Megan Lawless as Maya
Tony Vaughn as Mr. Lewis
TJ Wright as Sekani
Rhonda Johnson Dents as Miss Rosalie
Javon Johnson as Pastor Eldridge
Drew Starkey as Cop 115
Joe Hardy Jr. as Cop 115’s Dad

Thoughts and Lessons from The Hate U Give

Khalil got himself killed!

Algee Smith in The Hate U Give

I literally couldn’t wait to say this. Like I shared on Instagram, when you’ve got a chance to save your life use it.

The cop was wrong but so was the situation. That situation was too complex for a white cop to take in all at once. Pulling Khalil over to ask him needless questions was downright terrorism. It was so unfair.

However in life and death situations especially, two wrongs don’t make a right.

This was life and death and there was no need for Khalil to brush his hair. That simple.

Maverick is the example of a father who understands balance

Maverick in The Hate U Give
This scene was so emotional for me. What an awful embarrassment the cops put him through. The only crime he committed was standing up for his daughter,

I like men like Maverick. That man had it tough in life, so much that he swore to make life make better sense to his kids. I would love to marry a good father to our children.

With one hand, he introduced and explained the tough black life, with the other he cuddled them softly. That man was a protector and a provider.

Starr wasn’t communicating well with her friends

Starr and her friends in the hate u give

So, things became politically right or wrong when Hailey began to react to issues that were happening in the community. That was a white girl trying to form her own values and get a hang of where she’s supposed to stand and on whose side she is supposed to be.

She was right! Cops lives matter too. Now, what’s dicey here is that she knew nothing to little of what Starr was going through. Starr was supposed to be able to bear the consequences of being mute. She didn’t deserve that white girl.

Khalil remembered to open the door

Khalil and starr in the car in The Hate U Give

So that scene where shots were fired at the party and Khalil had to help Starr get home was one very sweet one for me. I felt so cherished on behalf of Starr.

I don’t know how many men remember to do the little stuff even when nothing’s up. This dude got her to safety first before going for his door. Of course, Starr reciprocated.

Khalil overdid it in the end. He didn’t have to look in to check if she was okay after he was pulled over by the cop. Needless! And Painful!

Love is a decision

Lisa in the hate u give

Maverick’s mistakes hurt Lisa real bad but she decided that she shared a love that was more than his mistakes. I love the way she took Seven (Perfection) in. He treated that boy like he was her son.

That young dude settled into that family like he was one of them. Only a loving woman can create such an environment. I believe that a woman can dictate the pace at home.

Boyfriends like Chris are scarce

Chris, Starr's boyfriend

It takes a lot for a man to stick around despite a mute girlfriend. Starr wasn’t communicating well, remember I said that earlier.

Of all the people to have shoved aside, her boyfriend wasn’t to be one of them. That dude was persistently loving.

Speaking up always comes at a price

There is always a price for speaking up so you have to decide if you are ready to live with the price or not. Either way, in the end, someone else will speak up. Would it change anything for you to realize that you could have but didn’t? Okay, then, speak up

Favorite Quotes from The Hate U Give

We live in a complicated world.

Violence, brutality. It’s the same story, just a different name.

When you’re ready to talk, you talk. Don’t ever let nobody make you be quiet.

I ain’t named you Starr by accident.

I gave you power in your names … Starr (Light), Seven (Perfection), Sekani (Joy)

It’s about more than just Khalil. It’s about black people, poor people, everybody at the bottom.

T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E – The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody

Amandla Stenberg is so beautiful tho’

Amandla Stenberg

The Hate U Give Movie Trailer

The Hate U Give Movie rating

96% – Rotten Tomatoes
6.7/10 – IMDb
4/5 – Common Sense Media
94% – Google Users


I will see this movie again and again and again. The Hate U Give Movie did it for me. It’s a 95% for me.

Have you seen The Hate U Give Movie yet? I would love to have your thoughts in the comments section.

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(39) Comments

  1. Ayodeji says:

    This is quite a decent review. Almost as if you’ve seen the movie more than once.

    I feel bad for Khalil, his unnecessary actions led to him being killed by that cop. Though, I feel the cop’s eventual punishment was too mild and the reason for that is not far-fetched. Maybe Khalil might have behaved better if it was just him that was pulled over. You know how some guys tend to show stunts when a lady is present.

    On him opening the door for Starr while they were escaping from the party, I wouldn’t have done that o. Every seconds count in that type of emergency situation.

    Maverick is one character we should all learn from. I like how he teaches his children in words and action. TJ Wright (Sekani) is a joy to behold, he’s a very good actor.
    Lemme stop before I write another blog article here.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh, I don’t mind your writing another blog post, really. I was so enjoying your contribution ehn.

  2. Tofunmi says:

    I have not seen it yet. Would love to watch it. I love movies also. Thanks for putting that up.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      You should Tofunmi, it’s a really great movie.

  3. Interesting movie review as always. I actually want to mention that the big big terms critics use in reviews don’t make it easy for me to read so if you ask me,I like your type of moviee review. It is relatable.

    Is the hate u give still in the cinema?

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Awwwwwwn, thank you so much Fola. I think it’s still in the cinemas. Not too sure. Check online to see movie showing times for The Hate U Give

  4. Marvin says:

    I really do like Maverick. I want a man like him. I know men grow into maturity eventually but I like my man close to maturity at least. Just see how he leads his family. Upon all that tough tough he is still so gentle with them. You really got it! He made his mistakes but was really lucky to have that type of woman. I hope I can forgive like that. It’s really hard to forgive a community penis, Esther. They were meant to be, that’s my own conclusion.

    I like your reviews o, like a commenter said, some of these other reviews are too difficult to relate to. Been following your movie segment for a while now. Such a cool blog.

    From : Marvin

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Yaaaaaaay,I seem to get it right with my movie reviews then. I am so happy to know that y’all like them.

  5. I haven’t seen it yet o. Would really love to.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      You should Joy. Let me know what you think when you do.

  6. Adebayo Olatunde says:

    I haven’t seen the movie yet but I plan to very soon. I read the book some couple of months back and I totally was in love with it. When I heard they were doing a movie adaptation, I knew I was gonna watch it. Reading your review, I believe they did a good job with the movie. Thanks.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I have not read the book yet but from what I know movie adaptations don’t cover as much as you would like so I am not sure you’d be impressed. But on its own, it’s a really good movie.

      1. Adebayo Olatunde says:

        Okay. If you need the book I can send to your mail.

        1. Esther Adeniyi says:

          Oh please. I need it.

        2. Please send it to me too – Thank you very much

    2. Chinedu says:

      Hello, I would very much love the book too.

      1. Esther Adeniyi says:

        I hope Adebayo Olatunde gets to see this soon. I would shoot him an email/ reach out to him in the eventuality he misses this.

        1. Adebayo Olatunde says:

          Just saw the replies now. I’ll send to everyone who requested for it.

          1. Esther Adeniyi says:

            Thank you.

      2. Adebayo Olatunde says:

        Chinedu, your mail address please. I just sent it to you Esther. I’m having issues sending to @holysisterchronicles. The mail isn’t delivering

        1. Esther Adeniyi says:

          Seen mine already.

  7. Very nice review. Rating in 96% on rotten tomatoes? Wowzer.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Yeah right. The Hate U Give has very nice ratings. I usually like the rating by Google Users and it’s high too.

  8. Melanie says:

    Maverick is a good man.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I obviously agree!

  9. Michael says:

    T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E – The Hate U Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      I loved that very much. It’s such a fact

  10. This review is great! I really do want to watch it. Very much eager!!

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      You should Pelumi. It is a fine movie.

  11. Esther Adeniyi says:

    Thank you so much Lola

  12. I have watched ‘the hate you give’. I wouldn’t mind watching it over and over again. It’s a nice movie. Very interesting. I love your reviews Esther. I read all your review here. This particular one make sense. You are such a talented writer. The way you write enh, God has given you that gift. You are blessed already. Keep soaring higher darling.

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Awwwwwwnnnn, I am blushing purple! Thank you for stopping by. Amen too!

  13. Chinedu says:

    I went to watch this after your review, no regrets. Really nice movie. I also very much agree that Khalil killed himself. He was a lil bit too careless. For Starr not communicating well, she was going through too much at the time, don’t you think?

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh great, great. About Starr, she could have done a lot better, really. Or just accept the consequences of being mute. Her friends had absolutely no way of knowing what was wrong except she opened her mouth. She shut her mouth and still expected that much from them? Not fair. Do you remember that they asked her what was wrong?

  14. Thanks you very much for the lesson sharing

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Oh, it’s a pleasure!

    2. Esther Adeniyi says:

      It was a pleasure

  15. Nice movie review

    1. Esther Adeniyi says:

      Thank you for stopping by

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