- 1h 48min
- Directed by: Stephen Karam
- Written by: Stephen Karam
- Cast: Richard Jenkins, Jayne Houdyshell, Amy Schumer
- UK release: 28 December 2021
This film is not currently showing in cinemas.
An adaptation of his Tony-winning play, Stephen Karam’s directorial debut The Humans explores the emotional intricacies of a working-class family bound by tradition, habit and unshakable loyalties.
“a stage-to-screen adaptation anchored in the intimate group dynamics of theatre but infused with the inventiveness and attention to detail that is fundamentally cinematic”
Featuring poignant, funny, lived-in performances from a powerhouse ensemble cast – Amy Schumer, Beanie Feldstein, Jayne Houdyshell and Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins, Steven Yeun, and June Squibb – this film is a masterclass of how to create tension and intrigue through character and setting.
Brigid Blake (Feldstein) and her boyfriend Richard (Yeun) have just moved into a rundown duplex in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Before they’ve had a chance to settle in, Brigid’s parents Erik (Jenkins) and Deirdre (Houdyshell), along with Erik’s Alzheimer’s-afflicted mother (Squibb), arrive from her hometown to celebrate Thanksgiving, as does Brigid’s big sister Aimee (Schumer), who lives in Philadelphia. As the evening proceeds, the almost pathologically polite Richard tries to busy himself with meal preparation while the Blakes ease into their habitual teasing. Long-standing grievances are resurrected, and difficult announcements are made.
Karam and his collaborators have crafted that rarest of things: a stage-to-screen adaptation anchored in the intimate group dynamics of theatre but infused with the inventiveness and attention to detail that is fundamentally cinematic. Of course, the Blake family may disagree on everything, from religion to politics to the value of work, but their differences make them stronger, and their joys and sorrows are more meaningful for being shared.
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