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In Parasite, Who Should You Root For?

Season 1, Ep. 52

Parasite, Bong Joon-ho's Oscar-nominated thriller, challenges our sympathies throughout: Do we sympathize with the destitute Kim family? Or the wealthy Parks? 


It may seem obvious to you — but it's probably a given that not everyone sees Parasite the way you do. In the latest Low Key podcast, we talk about how our sympathies shifted, or didn't, throughout the masterful film.


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Here are some highlights, with time stamps (Spoilers galore!):


2:05: The interesting Native American references in Parasite


5:05: "They do a good job, once they get the jobs."


6:10: Is Mr. Park a jerk?


7:15: How the Kims screw over other working-class people.


8:00: Are we mad at the Kims for letting insecticide get on the pizza boxes?


8:50: "The poisonous effect does trickle up."


12:00: Ki-woo, the son in the Kim family, is a creep.


17:40: Shout-out to American Psycho.


18:15: Shout-out to Kurt Vonnegut.


23:44: "How thin is the line between the rich and the poor?"


27:05: Let's discuss "the line" and "the smell."


32:00: What if the Kims do have a smell, though?


33:10: The biggest crime the Parks commit.


37:50: The deal with the rock.


42:20: Why did Parasite become so popular in the U.S.?


43:50: "Rich people's worst nightmare"


45:10: Thoughts on the Adam McKay adapatation of Parasite


46:30: Is Tyler Perry's Fall From Grace the "African-American Parasite"?

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