"You People": A New Comedy that Addresses Interracial Relationships

"You People," directed by Kenya Barris, is a new comedy about what happens when two Los Angeles millennials from different cultures fall in love and face the biggest test of a relationship: meeting their parents.

by Faruk Imamovic
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"You People": A New Comedy that Addresses Interracial Relationships

"You People," directed by Kenya Barris, is a new comedy about what happens when two Los Angeles millennials from different cultures fall in love and face the biggest test of a relationship: meeting their parents. Imagine, without having to think much, a sidewalk with a bike path and a roller path, then a parking lot for people with disabilities, and eight bins for sorting waste such as paper, batteries, plastic, glass, and textiles.

There is quite a crowd in this place and the space is very narrow for someone who does not move on wheels and is not there to throw away their garbage. An agenda that fights frantically to make life easier for those who are different in any way leaves very little room for those who just want to use the surface of the sidewalk to get to their destination.

Everyone has rights, but in fact, no one has any of them. It's about the same with movies today. There are fewer and fewer stories that aren't filled with lessons about how nice it is that there are all kinds of us with all kinds of preferences, and it goes to the extent that the "woke" culture managed to enter Tolkien's world as well (Amazon's "The Lord of the Rings: The Power of the Ring").

You People

"You People" is at the top of the ratings on Netflix right now and tells the story of a Jewish and African-American Muslim woman falling in love in Los Angeles. The comedy is a modern version of "Meet the Parents" (or "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner") featuring Eddie Murphy as a conservative father, whose beliefs are shaped by racial issues.

He appears in the film wearing a T-shirt that says "FRED HAMPTON HAS BEEN KILLED", a reference to the dark-skinned American activist. The story focuses on Ezra (Jonah Hill), a 35-year-old trying to make it in the corporate world, although he would rather continue with his "black issues" podcast with his colleague Mo (Sam Jay).

Everything changes when he replaces an Uber vehicle and accidentally meets a black woman, Amira Mohammed (Lauren London). They soon fall for each other, but neither of them has been in an interracial relationship before. And when the time comes for them to finally meet their parents, they are faced with the reality of America, and the one we don't see on commercials and in Oprah's studio.

This comedy is not designed to be amusing, but rather to make its viewers feel uncomfortable. There is too much of everything, from the chatter to the forced jokes at the first ball, as well as an abundance of product placement featuring Nike sports shoes and clothing that appears in every other frame.

To make matters worse, topics like slavery, Barack Obama, and the Holocaust are also addressed in this cringe-worthy comedy.

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