Director: Kenya Barris
Writers: Kenya Barris and Jonah Hill
Starring: Jonah Hill, Lauren London, David Duchovny, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Eddie Murphy
I was quite looking forward to You People, the new Netflix rom com starring Jonah Hill (who also co-wrote the script with director Kenya Barris) and Lauren London. Now that it’s out, it’s pretty much what you’d expect. A formulaic rom com, that’s still good. Joining the main couple is David Duchovny and Julia Louis-Dreyfus who play Jonah Hill’s parents, as well as Eddie Murphy and Nia Long playing Lauren London’s parents. It’s simply a brilliant cast.
Simply put the story is one that’s been told many times before. Ezra (Hill) and Amira (London) have an awkward cute meet, where Ezra mistakes Amira for his Uber driver, while she’s lost. He ends up giving her directions and asks her out. We then get to see a montage of their first few dates, before the film skips six months into the future and Amira meets Ezra’s parents for the first time. And that’s where things really get going. Ezra’s mother, Shelley (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is so hard to watch. She’s so tone-deaf and just says whatever comes to her mind. Things get even worse when Ezra meets Amira’s parents to ask for their blessing to marry her.
The film is about two different families clashing as the central couple come religious families and different cultures. Most of the comedy comes from the encounters between the couple and their parents. While it does have some social commentary, it’s still a traditional rom com and doesn’t do anything too original. It’s essentially Meet the Parents combined with a few other films. If you like rom coms, then you’ll probably enjoy this one.
When I first saw that this was a two-hour film, I was a little put off. Does a rom com really need to be so long? Thankfully, it didn’t feel too long at all. The time seemed to fly by and when it was clearly beginning to wrap up I was a little sad that we weren’t going to spend more time with the characters. Once Ezra and Amira first meet it works. It’s nothing too original, but it’s funny
After the excellent Dolomite is my Name and the decent Coming 2 America, and now this, it’s safe to say that Eddie Murphy is back. He’s one of the best things about this film. There’s also a fourth Beverly Hills Cop starring Murphy out this year, and hopefully that will be just as good. It’s also good to see David Duchovny, although he’s not really in it that much and most of his appearance is him just talking about Xzibit, which is just as awkward as it sounds. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is also brilliant, her character always means well but is so uncomfortable to watch. If you like cringe-comedy where you can barely watch, then this is a good one.
I enjoyed You People quite a bit. It’s not the most original film by any stretch, but it has a great cast, likeable characters and more than enough good jokes to keep me entertained. It’s probably not something I’m going to come back to, but I enjoyed it while it was on.
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I’ve been torn on whether or not to watch this one. Might give it a try after reading your review. I enjoyed Meet the Parents but only for a while, after so many minutes of misfortune it just seemed to go on and on and the comedy of it all withered. Hopefully this won’t be the same.
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It’s definitely worth a go!
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