GAL APPROVED! You People, Our Divalicious Review! Plus: Wakanda Forever On Disney+!By The DivaGals | January 27, 2023 | Gal Approved
LYAO with You People
Jokes about the Holocaust and Farrakhan? Usually, I’d cringe, but You People is all about the cringeworthy, and does it like a boss! I was laughing even before there were any actors on the screen, thanks to Jonah Hill, who wrote the screenplay with Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, jonesing over President Barack Obama with co-star Sam Jay. Hill stars as Ezra, a Jewish finance guy who just wants to find his other half and live his best podcast life. He meets Amira (Lauren London) in a funny car mix-up. They quickly realize they are soulmates and plan to have a life together. But merging two worlds means merging your families, and that’s when things get complicated. Ezra’s parents, played by David Duchovny and Julia Louis-Dreyfus believe they are totally woke to the Black/LGBTQ/foreign experience, with Louis-Dreyfus’ delivering an extra-special type of passive condescension. And then there’s Akbar, Ameria’s father, played by Eddie Murphy, who makes his intention plainly clear when Ezra says he wants to marry Akbar’s daughter: Ezra can try. Akbar does everything in his power to drive Ezra away to a point that just turns mean, though it is fun to see Murphy deadpan zingers just like he did while accepting his lifetime achievement at the Golden Globe Awards.
Like most romantic comedies, things come to a boiling point that have to be resolved (a little too easily here, in my mind). And be prepared to hear the N-word, a lot. But the takeaway is that we have to put away our bias and take time to get to know one another as people to allow love to prevail beyond race, religion and color. And in the end, that’s all that matters.
You People, now on Netflix.
Wakanda Forever Comes To Disney+ and SteelBook
Ready to witness Angela Bassett’s Oscar-nominated performance again? Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on Disney+ February 1. Fans can also get their hands on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on February 7, which have exclusive bonus content including deleted scenes, a gag reel and audio commentary by esteemed filmmakers Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole and Autumn Durald Arkapaw. Plus, a two-movie bundle will be available on all major digital platforms.
Additionally, collectors can find two limited-edition SteelBook ® designs only at Best Buy. Artists Dorothea Taylor and Orlando Arocena highlight the Wakanda warriors and the vibrant world of Talokan in each book, respectively.
Photo credit: You People, Tyler Adam & Parrish Lewis/Netflix © 2023. Wakanda Forever, Marvel.