29 Comments

I did not watch it but it is not surprising that it was cringe 😬

Expand full comment

I cringed alot and laughed. But not being black or Jewish, I was not sure how to feel. 😬

Expand full comment
Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023Liked by Ask a Jew

You people are going to make me watch this, aren’t you? I’ll be back with thoughts!

Oh! P.S. loved the last episode and I really hate to say it but to my American ears, David’s citizenship experience felt like racial discrimination. It brought up thoughts about an idealized vision of yourself and sometimes what the reality is and collective shame. I had already been thinking about this because of Tyre Nichols and how the five black cops were a shonda for the black community. I felt deeply for the black community having to experience that.

P.P.S. Yael, do Israelis celebrate Valentine’s Day? Feels like it would be weird to venerate a Saint in Israel but can we ever resist the temptation of a holiday centered around chocolate?

Expand full comment

The trailer was so bad that I knew I wasn't going to watch it anyway. I don't really "hate watch" shows. Buy then your recent guest, Lahav, did a full Substack take down of You People and I'm so glad I didn't watch.

Expand full comment

I really did not like this movie. When I watched it I didn’t know anything about it. Full of the usual stereotypes about Jews. Hated it. Thought it was very antisemitic. The Jews were idiots while Eddie Murphy came across as rational and strong. Also, where did the idea that Jews were slaveowners come from?

Expand full comment

Okay, okay, I'll watch it 😘

Expand full comment
Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023

Didnt watch it yet but sure Jonah Hill fills the prime liberal progressive Jewish directive. Kiss BLM ass at all costs to earn progressive Hollywood and Black community points, usually unsucessfully. We have already heard what fellow travelers Seth Rogen and Marc Maron think.

Expand full comment

I laughed. I cringed. I rolled my eyes. Sometimes all in the same minute.

Expand full comment

As I type, I'm carefully avoiding everyone else's comments!

1. The loudest laugh of the movie was Andrew Schulz "I stormed the Capitol."

2. Intersectionality makes for wooden characters and predictable plotting. The apology scene was mathematical in its symmetry. It felt pretty fake despite all the wonderful comedians and actors. I mean, they did a lot with a heavy handed script.

3. I'd like to see a freer, less Woke Hallmark version of this film.

4. It was beautiful to watch and I did enjoy a lot of the performances. I get the impression that Jonah Hill and Kenya Barris don't actual know any religious or conservative people.

Expand full comment