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The Humans

As tensions rise during a family Thanksgiving, strange things start happening in their Manhattan duplex.


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"The Humans", like all movies adapted from an intimate theatrical work (in this case, based on the Tony Award-winning play of the same name by Stephen Karam), is one of those productions with few settings and actors, based entirely on camera work and performances. And what performances: The cast includes Beanie Feldstein ("Booksmart"), Steven Yeun ("Minari: In Search of Happiness"), Richard Jenkins ("The Shape of Water") and Jayne Houdyshell ("Little Women") at the peak of their abilities. The movie is about a family gathered in a run-down apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving, but gradually insecurities and resentments begin to arise among the family members. "The Humans" is such a powerful portrait of a dysfunctional family that it sometimes borders on suspense and horror. Without a doubt, it's one of the best films of its genre you'll see.



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Plot summary

Set inside a pre-war duplex in downtown Manhattan, The Humans follows the course of an evening in which the Blake family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving. As darkness falls outside the crumbling building, mysterious things start to go bump in the night and family tensions reach a boiling point.

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