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.
Having just moved into their downtown Manhattan apartment, youngest daughter Brigid (Feldstein, Booksmart, Lady Bird) and her boyfriend Richard (Yeun, Minari, The Walking Dead) are hosting the family for the first time. Desperately in need of some renovation, the apartment unsettles the out-of-town family members with its creaks and groans. Particularly Erik (Jenkins, The Shape of Water, Kajillionaire), the somewhat timid patriarch who feels ill at ease away from the suburbs of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and in a city whose constant noise and activity never stops. But everyone tries to make the best of the situation. As the evening progresses, the family is forced to face up to generational differences and life in a new age. While Karam balances weighty themes with moments of levity, expertly and sparingly employing the comedic charms of his A-list cast, The Humans lays bare one family’s foibles, insecurities and fears painting a perceptive and sometimes haunting portrait of modern life.
Stephen Karam has successfully adapted his riveting Tony Award-winning play for the big screen. Featuring a cast of acting heavyweights, including Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yuen, Richard Jenkins and Amy Schumer, the story follows the Blake family during the course of one holiday dinner.
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