Parents' Guide to

You People

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Romcom addresses race relations; language, drugs, sex.

Movie R 2023 118 minutes
You People Movie Poster with Jonah Hill and Eddie Murphy sitting on a sofa

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

age 13+

A good movie for mature tweens

We really enjoyed this movie! It was funny and provided my son with some insights on other religions (muslim and judaism). You gotta take it for what it is. It’s a funny love story. Don’t put too much more into it. I think this movie is perfectly fine for a more mature 12 year old, certainly 14 yo. There is a strip club scene, but all the dancers are clothed (underwear) and not much focus on the dancers. The bigger problem may be the references to drugs, mainly cocaine. But as long as your child is mature enough to not put much stock in thar and to know enough about the dangers of drugs theylll be fine. No sex scenes or nudity. Swearing yes. It was a funny, cute movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
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This Los Angeles-set romcom could've felt one-note around its concept of commenting on contemporary race relations, but the cast raises it up a notch with very funny results. You People -- co-written by director Kenya Barris and star Jonah Hill -- tries to find the irony in all of its characters, from bee pollen-drinking millennials in gentrified cafés to a converted Black Muslim's preciousness about a Louis Farrakhan-gifted kufi to a discussion of "Holocaust-ing down" a small wedding ring to imbue it with more significance. Hill and London make a cute couple, but it's Murphy and Louis-Dreyfus, as the militant dad and overly eager Jewish mom, who really drive the story.

How this film's humor lands could depend on the viewer's willingness to laugh at sensitive topics and stereotypes, and the plot might not have much draw beyond domestic audiences. But it offers plenty of dialogues and situations that comically and sometimes insightfully consider why race relations can be so tricky even when intentions are good -- and also when they're not. Not every scene hits its mark, and some characters feel superfluous (Duchovny and Long go underused; blink and you'll miss Rhea Perlman and Elliot Gould, among other cameos). With a pumping soundtrack and lots of local B-roll, the film also offers an affectionate rendering of contemporary Los Angeles.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: January 27, 2023
  • Cast: Jonah Hill , Eddie Murphy , Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Director: Kenya Barris
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Black actors, Female actors, Black writers
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 118 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, some sexual material and drug content
  • Last updated: February 25, 2023

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