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There is a moment about halfway through Korean director Bong Joon-ho's new thriller Parasite during which it morphs from one movie into an entirely different one. There's the first film, a hysterical comedy about a family struggling to make ends meet who, out of desperation and not a little bit of greed, attempt a hostile takeover of another, richer family's possessions. And then there's the second movie, a terrifying, violent farce that rips open and exposes the indestructible class dichotomy that permeates the foundations of society.
Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik) lives with his poor family in a sub-basement apartment, where they siphon off free Wi-Fi from their neighbors or businesses across the street with no password protection, and generally have a hard time of things. But, Ki-woo's buddy has a plan for him: if Ki-woo could finagle himself into tutoring the daughter of the very rich Park family in their district and get her into a good university, his friend could then officially start dating her. Simple enough: Ki-woo's sister Ki-jung (Park So-dam) forges some documents, and Ki-woo becomes a part of the family.
Hoping to increase his own family's wealth, he easily convinces the not-so-bright Park family matriarch (Cho Yeo-Jeong) to take on his sister to tutor their son, and then their father to be Mr. Park's driver, and then their mother to take over the housekeeping. Ki-woo's whole family swiftly and hilariously weaves themselves into the fabric of the Park family's household, living off of their new wealth and enjoying all of their fancy amenities. And then, one wet, thundery night, things get weird.