Meet the Blacks

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Nearly unwatchable "The Purge" parody is crass, forgettable.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Lots of iffy stuff here, but there is the message that family should come first and that stepparents should get to know their stepchildren and vice-versa. Also stresses the importance of honesty and communication.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot worth emulating here, but Lorena is a caring stepmother who wants to create a strong blended family.

Violence

Characters die by being shot, stabbed, and impaled; falling from a second story; etc. Some of the violence is accidental or played for humor, while other scenes portray purposeful murder during the 12-hour "purge." Men with a chainsaw, guns, etc. storm into the house to kill the "n--gers." A man is burned alive as a car catches fire. Angry racist neighbors are single-mindedly devoted to killing the Blacks. A woman with a cleaver tries to kill Mrs. Black. Several characters try to shoot and kill the family.

Sex

Crass jokes about masturbation, a man's sexual desire for his cousin's wife, and a young man who wants to give "the D" to his girlfriend. Also jokes about "side pieces," adultery, "side bitches," "riding my mustache," etc. A young couple kisses and suggestively discusses how they have to stay quiet. A man masturbates behind a shower curtain (it moves up and down) while he stares at a woman's behind. Women wear cleavage-baring tops. A man jokes that all the white women will want to have sex with Mr. Black and that their children will want to have sex with Black kids, making little half-white kids.

Language

Near-constant use of strong language: the "N" word is used dozens of times; plus hundreds of uses of "f--k" and "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "p---y," "d--k," "motherf--ker," and more. Also "Jesus Christ," "Christ," and "oh my God" (as exclamations).

Consumerism

Ford, Chevrolet.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character has a cache of stolen weed; he and his cousin smoke marijuana. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Meet the Blacks is a spoof of The Purge horror series. Mike Epps stars as a shady Chicago patriarch who uses ill-gotten money to move his family to a posh gated community in Beverly Hills -- right before the annual American purge. Language is constant, with hundreds of uses of the "N" word (by both white and black characters), "f--k," "s--t," "motherf--ker," "a--hole," "p---y," and more. And the second half of the movie is full of violent scenes which are occasionally played for laughs but still bloody and deadly -- several people die from gunshots, explosions, and stabbings. There are also scatological jokes, crass sexual references (including allusions to masturbation, premarital sex, adultery, stalking, and more), and pot smoking.

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Written byAnonymous November 22, 2018

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 mor... Continue reading
Parent Written byMya S. June 9, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bychelseasmith23 April 14, 2018

The Best!

It's actually a really funny movie! HAHA
Teen, 15 years old Written byhelper3 December 28, 2018

amazing

A little racy but very funny all the way

What's the story?

MEET THE BLACKS feels like a parody mash-up of The Purge movies and the sitcom Black-ish: Chicago-based Carl Black (Mike Epps) steals a drug dealer's cash and weed stash and packs up his family to move to Beverly Hills. Consisting of his curvy Latina wife, Lorena (Zulay Henao); his teen daughter, Allie (Bresha Webb); his wannabe vampire son, Carl Jr. (Alex Henderson); and his recently released from prison cousin, Cronut (Lil Duval), Carl's family arrives in their new neighborhood just as the annual Purge is about to start. As President El Bama (George Lopez) announces, the Purge provides immunity for all crimes committed in one 12-hour window. Although Carl thinks no one in his posh new gated community will Purge, he and his family end up facing a combination of angry white locals upset to have a black family in their midst. And then all of Carl's Chicago enemies descend to kill the Blacks...

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Meet the Blacks' violence. Is its effect mitigated by the movie's humor? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • What's the movie's perspective on race? What do you think of the way it portrays racism in affluent neighborhoods?

  • The "N" word is used frequently during the movie. Do you think using the word so often makes it any less offensive?

  • What makes something a spoof? Do you have to be familiar with the original to appreciate a spoof of it?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy and scares

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