OPPOSITES ATTRACT, FAMILIES DON’T.
Ezra (Jonah Hill), who’s white and Jewish, falls in love with Amira (Lauren London), who’s Black and Muslim; when their families meet, cultures clash violently. Black-ish creator Kenya Barris’s feature directing debut is a surprising disappointment. The cast do their best to keep it lively, and the film is appealingly produced… but the writing is hopeless. It’s the kind of contrived movie where every character behaves like it’s impossible to have a normal conversation between people. It’s not believable, and that goes for the quick fix in the ending as well.
2023-U.S. 118 min. Color. Directed by Kenya Barris. Screenplay: Jonah Hill, Kenya Barris. Cast: Jonah Hill (Ezra), Lauren London (Amira), Eddie Murphy (Akbar), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Shelley), Sam Jay, Travis Bennett… David Duchovny, Elliott Gould, Rhea Perlman, Richard Benjamin.
Trivia: Co-produced by Barris and Hill.