You People (2023)
But it is deeply uncomfortable to watch the Jewish side, so excited for this relationship to happen while the Black side continues to look down on them. I saw this dynamic continue on Twitter, where many Black women were commenting on how disgusting looking Ezra is, and how he could never get such a beautiful girl like Amira. Representation matters, people.
You People (2023)
Kenya Barris appears to be a vile Jew-hater. Jonah Hill seems to have internalized so much self-hatred, he participated in this dumpster fire, which gives the movie cover. There are interesting and meaningful conversations that could and should occur between non-Jewish Black people and Jewish people of all colors and ethnicities. This movie set everything back. My only hope is that it will shine a light on all that is wrong so we can do the work to fix it. The JITC Hollywood Bureau is doing our part in the entertainment industry to educate about and advocate for the Jewish people. We have our work cut out for us!
Thank you for in-depth accurate analysis. You have identified so many problems in the movie. I cannot imagine any Jewish person NOT agreeing with you . It is so sad and concerning that this movie is being so widely viewed without a disclaimer at the start with your issues raised. And the Jewish people (of any degree of Jewishness), who participated should be ashamed of themselves. Netflix should pull this crap! Is there any way to protest this movie?
Have you also considering canceling Mel Brooks? /s this is a hit piece against the reform movement and if anything your attitude is why people leave Judaism. I am conservative Jewish, and my mom and I loved it. Focus on the real issues
I respectfully disagree with the the review. I watched this movie. Although the movie was mediocre, I was not offended by the things that appear to have distressed and offended Ms. Josephs. I wholeheartedly agree with JCB, who posted on 1/31/23 that this movie skewers the families of Amira and Ezra but fundamentally is based on the notion that people from different cultures can find genuine love.
But that night, she was not convinced. Looking back, I get it: her exposure to interracial couples came by way of TV shows and movies portraying them as taboo, destructive, or doomed, and the people who dare such romances as naïve and unable to consider the broader consequences.
This conversation long pre-dated the interracial family in those Cheerios commercials and all the other culturally blended spokes-couples that followed. Way back then, when popular culture explored Black people and white people falling in love, it was through stories where such pairings ripped families and communities asunder.
"In real life, we romance and get on each other's nerves and laugh and do all the things that any other race of people do," he told Hello! Magazine in 1999, when the storyline was scrapped. "So if the only time you show a balanced relationship is in an interracial relationship, whether it's conscious or subconscious, it sends a message I'm not comfortable with."
The common thread in all of these plots is the usage of interracial couples as tools to explore America's bugaboos surrounding race, not as distinct people or unique unions. When such onscreen couples were rare and few people of color were in positions to provide input in their creation, forgiving those predominantly white writing rooms for cooking up hackneyed plots to goose ratings or endeavor to explore race relations was easier.
That was then. Now, there are enough thoughtful screen examinations of racial politics along with normalized visions of inclusive casting to make "You People" stand out as a gormless throwback. Also, people like Kenya Barris, who landed a $100 million deal at Netflix in 2018 only to walk away from it in 2021, have the power and should have enough awareness to do better.
"OK, I'm just going to put this out to the group and see how it lands," Shelley blurts out, apropos of nothing. "I think the police are, and always have been, by the way, f**ked up towards Black people, and I for one hate it!" Ezra calls her off, only for Arnold to share his heretofore unmentioned love and respect for hip-hop star Xzibit.
Its boosters may point to the way it shows love winning in the end, but it's a hollow and hurried victory partly achieved by Ezra admitting on his suddenly popular podcast that Black people and white people can never get along. Akbar and Shelley hear this separately and see the error in their ways, mending their children's relationship with all the delicacy of closing an open heart surgery incision with an industrial stapler. Ezra and Amira may get married, but this movie spends a lot of time letting us know they shouldn't work.
Our society's fraught relationship with other cultures and non-white people requires folks in interracial relationships to contend with irritations and trials other couples don't. That much is true. But generally speaking, we're as boring as everyone else, cemented together by passions that have nothing to do with how other people feel. It would be wonderful to have a romantic comedy that affirms that in an emotionally intelligent, universally appealing way. Unfortunately, "You People" isn't it.
"I am going to give it everything I have." Netflix has revealed another short teaser trailer for You People, the comedy from the creator / writer of "Black-ish" - Kenya Barris. It's out on Netflix for streaming later this week, hence the new teaser clip debuting now. Though strangely this isn't that funny of a clip, but it might make a few people laugh. A new couple and their very different families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations & generational differences in this comedy from Barris. Jonah Hill and Lauren London star as the main couple, Ezra and Amira, who try to introduce their families to each other with disastrous results. Also starring Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, Sam Jay, Elliott Gould, Travis Bennett, Molly Gordon, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, Andrea Savage, and Mike Epps. This doesn't seem like it'll be the funniest comedy, but Netflix is giving it a strong push for the opening weekend anyway. Check out the teaser below.
Some small observational studies have found that people who garden tend to eat more fruits and vegetables and have a healthier weight. But it has been unclear whether healthier people just tend to garden, or gardening influences health.
Litt said she hopes the findings will encourage health professionals, policymakers and land planners to look to community gardens, and other spaces that encourage people to come together in nature, as a vital part of the public health system. The evidence is clear, she said.
Barris: No, we sold it as a directing vehicle for me. We didn't have any of those people. In some aspects, I think maybe the things I had done helped them consider taking a chance on it. I think moving forward, that would be something I would want to lean in on, those relationships and things that I've made in the past years, to make people feel comfortable that you're going to try to take care of them and do your best.
Barris: One of the things I found, and I laughed, was like, 'You guys have it easy.' You're doing a mini-movie in TV for a fraction of that cost every week. While making that mini-movie, you're editing the mini-movie from last week and writing the mini-movie for the next week. I felt well prepared for that part of it because of the years of production, and it helped me not get treated like a first-time director. The part I wasn't prepared for was that with movies, a lot of it is about talent management. In TV, people come to work almost like they're going to work at a canning factory. They clock in every day, and they may be there for the next five or ten years, and that's a different situation. Movies have movie stars, and movie stars line themselves up to say, 'You know what? I'm here for two months, I'm in, and I'm out.' It's a different sort of energy.
Barris: It's interesting that you say that. Moving forward, if I had my choice, I would want to do box office movies for a few different reasons. One is that I'm a big show and prove contextual guy, and with theatrical movies, you have the box office, and it either worked or didn't. I know marketing has a lot to do with that, but you can really stand up and hold your head high if people show up for your movie. I feel like that matters to me. Also, when I was making TV, I knew I was making it for TV, so you shoot it differently. When making a film, you make a film for a theater; you don't make a film for streaming, or at least I didn't. That wasn't how I set this up. I noticed that there are certain rules and things that go along with streaming that I was not accustomed to, things like attention spans and this and that. You People tested really, really, really well in theatres, and I don't know if those tests had the same numbers when it came to the streaming platform. If I were to make another streaming movie, I would go into it with the notion that I was making this for streaming. When you go into it with the idea that you're making a theatrical movie, and it's not that, it affects how you approach it.
Barris: Oh yeah. We did a lot of testing for theatrical. I got to see 1,200 people at the premiere, and it played like I wanted to play. I don't know if that same thing resonates in streaming. I really hope that it does.
Barris: That kind of stuff is what I've done for pretty much most of my career. Many times, people come to me to ask about the right things; they reflect society, make us think culturally, and challenge the things we haven't said out loud. Here we say the things out loud and start conversations. That was what I got lucky enough to learn and do what I love. That was really important, and I appreciate you sharing that. It was crucial for us. We did not want to have any cliches. We just wanted to be honest. However, if they fall in there because sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason, so be it. We were trying not to be lazy and lean into it. 041b061a72