You People

You, People

Follows a new couple and their families, who find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations and generational differences.

You, People’ is a feel good romantic comedy from Kenya Barris, starring Jonah Hill and Lauren London as two lovers who struggle to make things work amidst meddling from their respective families. He’s Ezra and she’s Amira, and they meet when he awkwardly gets into her car, assuming she’s an Uber driver, with the insinuation that he wouldn’t have made this mistake if she wasn’t black – which kind of sets the tone for the film to come. Nonetheless, they hit it off, go on a few dates, and eventually move in, but their problems start once their parents get involved – mainly via their tone deaf attitudes to race and religion.

It’s safe to say this is a film incredibly hung up on racial and religious issues and it seems that the characters in ‘You, People’ seem to talk about nothing else, which can be a little grating in a film that’s trying to make you laugh. Thankfully it does have a very likeable cast, with Eddie Murphy and Julia Louis-Dreyfus both on great form as Amira’s dad and Ezra’s mum respectively, and some small cameos from familiar faces. Individually, Hill and London are both enjoyable to watch, even if the chemistry required for us to really believe in their romance is lacking. The story plays out much as we’d expect, with some entertaining sequences along the way, but it’s dampened by the heavy handed approach and forced social commentary that undercuts the easy going humour that the film is otherwise going for.

You, People’ is a mildly amusing rom-com that finds good moments for its talented cast, with energetic direction from Kenya Barris that makes the most of its L.A. setting, but it’s too familiar and too caught up in social issues to be the truly fresh and funny rom-com it would like to be.

Rating: 3/5

Directed By: Kenya Barris

Starring: Jonah Hill, Lauren London, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nia Long, David Duchovny, Molly Gordon, Sam Jay, Travis Bennett, Elliott Gould, Mike Epps and Rhea Perlman

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