Is Netflix's comedy 'You People' based on a true story?

Is Netflix’s comedy ‘You People’ based on a true story?

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Opposites attract, right? Well, sometimes. In Kenya Barris’ new Netflix comedy You People, her two singles in their 30s fall in love after going through an Uber driver mix-up. Ezra (Jonah Hill), a white Jewish man, and Amira (Lauren London), a black Muslim woman, embark on a spontaneous romance before Ezra (Lauren London) suddenly proposes.

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Ezra goes from a Buse-era Drake to a desperately in love man within six months. He’s on top of the world, but one big challenge stands in his way, and Emmy-winner Eddie Murphy plays him.


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The Netflix synopsis reads, “Family and culture collide when two Los Angeles millennials from different backgrounds fall in love and face the ultimate test of their relationship: meeting their parents.

Eddie Murphy and Nia Long play Amira’s parents who are highly suspicious of Ezra’s intentions. Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Emmy nominee David Duchovny play Ezra’s self-aware parents.

The story itself comes from Oscar-nominated Jonah Hill and Emmy-nominated Negro-ish creator Kenya Barris. So they based the script on a true story? Read on to find out!

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Is ‘You People’ based on a true story? The film serves as a modern day version of the groundbreaking ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’.

No, You People is not based on a true story. However, it reminds me of the 1967 movie Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. In its 2023 review of the film, Variety called You People “a modern-day riff on Guess coming to dinner, where race and culture clashes are further noted.”

Put it this way, You People features a scene at dinner in which two sets of parents compare the Holocaust to slavery.

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In Stanley Kramer’s Oscar-winning 1967 film, an open-minded white woman named Joanna Drayton (Katherine Houghton) marries her fiancée, the prominent black doctor John Prentice (Sydney・Poitier) and brought her home to meet her parents, who were quite liberal. John’s parents also attend the dinner, despite their severe disapproval of the relationship. Given that it’s her ’60s, the film examines racism and cultural clashes during a time when civil rights issues were erupting.

The gender-swapped You People takes place more than 50 years later, but explores similar socio-political issues.

Netflix’s “You People” has the feel of “Meet the Parents.”

Jay Roach’s 2000 comedy flick Meet the Parents may not be as groundbreaking as Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, but its lighthearted nature can be found in You People.

Meet My Parents follows awkward groom-to-be Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) as he meets his girlfriend Pamela Burns’ (Terry Polo) strict parents for the first time. Virtually everything that can go wrong happens, which causes him to butt heads with his future father-in-law and intimidate former CIA agent Jack Burns (Robert De Niro).

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Admittedly, Meet the Parents is a bit dated (featuring jokes about Greg being a nurse, for example), but the brand of goofiness is woven into You People’s serious, sometimes sickening conversations. I’m here.

The scene where Jonah Hill’s character asks someone to hand over the potatoes is meant to defuse the tension at the dinner table, creating a meet-the-parents vibe. “Have you ever figured out what happened to the potatoes? Those ETAs?” he asks desperately in the chaos.

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You People only gets a 39% score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s not without a clear point of view.

Writer-director Kenya Barris spoke to Entertainment Tonight on behalf of Jonah Hill to convey his intentions regarding the film.

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“He’ll say this is what we were trying to do. It’s something we can push.

You People will be released on Netflix on January 27, 2023.


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