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'Meet The Blacks' [DVD + Digital]
(Mike Epps, Gary Owen, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, Lil Duval, et al / DVD / R / 2016 / LGF)

Overview: As Carl Black gets the opportunity to move his family out of Chicago in hope of a better life, their arrival in Beverly Hills is timed with that city's annual purge, where all crime is legal for twelve hours.

DVD Verdict: OK, just in case you missed the memo, 'Meet The Blacks' is a parody of 'The Purge'. A wealthy African-American family moves into an upscale neighborhood in Beverly Hills and instantly are subjected to racial discrimination. The director lampoons this concept and has the purgers be people the protagonist owes money to! Though I found the film sporadically funny, I thought it wasn't really trying at all and instead tried to see how hard it could spoof 'Scary Movie.'

The humor is scatological and is embedded in puerile, inane humor that is so dumb and pointless it actually becomes somewhat funny. The script is laughable at best and features some of the cheesiest lines I've ever, ever heard! It does everything that a horror comedy is supposed to do except have believable acting, realistic humor, and a halfway decent plot!

That all said, and playing Devil's Advocate, what is exploited here in 'Meet The Blacks' are, of course, racial stereotypes of several different kinds and common racial epithets. If you're not offended by those kinds of terms or sources of humor, you may well enjoy this film. Personally, I found it sometimes funny, sometimes offensive and mostly just mildly amusing. Sorry, but what did you expect from Epps and company these days? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

"The Making of Meet The Blacks" Featurette
"Hit The Gas" Music Video
behind The Scenes of "Hit The Gas"
"Don't Hare Wiring! Parody Commercial
Outtakes

www.LGF.com





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