‘You People’ Features an All-Star Cast, Plenty of Laughs & an Honest Glimpse at the Complexities of Interracial Dating

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You People previously premiered in select theaters, but as of today, it’s now streaming on Netflix. The new comedy film explores a number of serious themes—particularly racial relations. But the movie is also a must-watch that educates in a humorous, lighthearted way.

Keep scrolling for an honest review of You People.

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The story focuses on Ezra (Jonah Hill), a man who’s trying (and failing) to break into the corporate world, even though he’d prefer to pursue his podcast full time. Everything changes when he has a somewhat predictable meet-cute with a woman named Amira (Lauren London).

They soon fall head over heels for each other, but neither of them has been in an interracial relationship before. And when it’s time to finally meet each other’s parents, they’re confronted with the reality of racial relations in America.

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You People features an ideal mix of humor and entertainment, even though it tackles a heavy topic. It’s important to note that you will likely cringe on multiple—emphasis on multiple—occasions. However, keep in mind that You People takes a number of things to the extreme to make its point (and make it well).

On one side, Amira’s family doesn’t like change. Her father, Akbar (Eddie Murphy), believes that white people are out to get him and his family. On the other hand, Ezra’s family think they’re “woke,” but in reality, they’re painfully unaware of how racist they are. For example, Ezra’s mom Shelley (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is so unlikable, it’s sometimes uncomfortable. But that’s the point. (Louis-Dreyfus plays the role fabulously, BTW.)

Speaking of performances, the all-star cast also makes You People well worth the watch. The on-screen banter between Murphy and Hill is comedy gold. Plus, Nia Long makes a memorable cameo as Amira’s mom, Fatima. *Cue the side-eye*

PureWow Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Despite the cringe-worthy moments, You People is something everyone should watch. Not only does the film address important themes, but it also proves that we need more Eddie Murphy and Jonah Hill in our lives.

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