Meet the Blacks
Release year: 2016
Director: Deon Taylor
Screenwriter: Nicole DeMasi, Deon Taylor
Starring: Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, Bresha Webb, Lil Duval, Alex Henderson, Charlie Murphy, Phil Austin, Kate Enggren, Mike Tyson
After coming into some unexpected funds, Carl Black (Mike Epps) can finally take his family out of the ghetto and into the good neighbourhood. It doesn’t even matter that the time for the annual purge (twelve hours were all crime is legal), as Carl expects rich, white people to be beyond that. But is he right about that?
It seems no coincidence that the empty look on daughter Allie on the poster, resembles that of Regina Black’s terrific character Brenda Meeks of the Scary Movies-franchise, as Meet the Blacks itself is a parody of 2013 horror thriller The Purge. Unfortunately neither Webb (Ride Along 2, 2016) or the movie itself, lives up to the comic brilliance of Scary movie (2000). The premise is great, both as a straight forward horror movie, but also as a horror comedy, like Meet the Blacks is, but the execution is messy and everyone in the cast seems to think making comedy requires you to shout all the time. Something that becomes strenuous really fast. The best jobs is done by Henao (Fighting, 2009) and young Henderson (Creed, 2015), perhaps because they are the only ones who understands, that you can make comedy while playing it just a bit straight. There are fun moments, but they are drowned in the mess that is Meet the Blacks and you can’t help thinking, that there is a much better movie hidden somewhere in the spectacle.
In the scene where Carl Black is asked by his wife how he could afford his mansion, he jokes about it by say “I did something strange for a piece of change”. The is a reference to Mike Epp’s role in ‘Friday after next’ (2002).
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