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Meet the Blacks

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Nearly unwatchable "The Purge" parody is crass, forgettable.

Movie R 2016 90 minutes
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The butt review

This is a comedy of a purge film. Meet the blacks has sex action and some cussing. They use ni*ger and f*ck, sh*t,mother f*cker and p**sy. This movie is for more older audiences
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Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The crass jokes, racist cliches, and casual violence wear thin very quickly, making this Purge spoof a must-skip horror comedy. Not even 10 minutes into the movie, it's obvious what will happen: Everyone Carl Black has swindled, defaulted on, or disrespected will come during the Purge he thinks won't be an issue in posh Beverly Hills. Of course the big laughs are supposed to come courtesy of the fact that the rich white folks act polite and even bring welcome baskets before the Purge but then turn on the Blacks when the consequence-free killing begins.

Performance wise, Henao is surprisingly sympathetic as Carl's trophy wife, but neither of the kids is particularly noteworthy. Henderson's character's obsession with vampires isn't well developed, and Allie is reduced to a stereotypically social-media-obsessed teen whose boyfriend arrives with a one-track mind to have sex and to confront Carl Sr. There's little to redeem this movie, and even small roles played by Mike Tyson and Charlie Murphy are so over the top that it feels like a late-night comedy sketch, not a theatrical release.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 1, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: August 2, 2016
  • Cast: Mike Epps , Charlie Murphy , Zulay Henao
  • Director: Deon Taylor
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors, Latino actors
  • Studio: Freestyle Releasing
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language, some sexual material, violence and drug use
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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