You People

The most recent Netflix film dropped this weekend that featured a great cast of actors. You People is written by Kenya Barris and Jonah Hill and directed by Barris. Jonah Hill starred with Lauren London.

Ezra (Jonah Hill) was a Jewish man doing a podcast on black culture with his friend Mo (Sam Jay). When he had a misunderstanding over an Uber, Ezra met Amira (Lauren London). They fell in love and, after six months, went to meet their families. Amara’s parents, Akbar (Eddie Murphy) and Fatima (Nia Long), was not fond of Ezra, and Ezra’s parents, Shelley (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Arnold (David Duchovny), were the typically white ignorant people.

The film was both of our main characters dealing with the problems of race and ignorance of their families.

So, You People had some moments that I enjoyed, but there was something that just did not work for me overall. It felt long and the story did not progress well. The end of the film came quick and was rushed. The changes that happened did not feel earned.

There were a bunch of talented actors in cameos and supporting roles here. Others include Travis Bennett, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, Elliott Gould, Mike Epps, La La Anthony, Andrea Savage, Molly Gordon, Yung Miami, Hal Linden, Anthony Anderson, Matt Walsh, Bryan Greenberg and Khadijah Haqq.

The scenes between Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy had some moments, but they really were repetitive. The scenes with Julia Louis-Dreyfus were difficult to watch because she was so tone deaf.

In fact, that is the biggest problem with this movie. It was uncomfortable, and not in the good way. It tries to be a film diving in race and relationships, but it never goes deep enough with characters that are not more than what we see. There are parts of You People that are funny and would work if the film was deeper and had more of a chance to be greater than what it is. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

2.7 stars

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