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Deon Taylor
Mike Epps, Zulay Henao, Alex Henderson
Writing Credits:
Deon Taylor, Nicole DeMasi

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.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 94 min.
Price: $14.99
Release Date: 8/2/2016

• “Making Of” Featurette
• “Hit the Gas” Music Video
• “Behind the Scenes of ‘Hit the Gas’” Featurette
• Parody Commercial
• Outtakes
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Meet the Blacks [Blu-Ray] (2016)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (July 13, 2021)

Back in 2013, The Purge introduced a new kind of horror thriller. 2016’s Meet the Blacks offers a comedic parody of that film’s themes.

Carl Black (Mike Epps) decides that his family needs a safer life than what they encounter in Chicago. As such, he moves wife Lorena (Zulay Henao), son Carl Jr. (Alex Henderson), daughter Allie (Bresha Webb) and cousin Cronut (Lil Duval) to Beverly Hills.

Carl believes that this move will allow his family to escape “The Purge”, a 12-hour period in which all crime becomes legal, as he thinks “rich people don’t Purge”. He turns out to be incorrect, so the Blacks find themselves subjected to all sorts of unexpected threats.

Does The Purge really offer a property suited to parody? The story seems so “high concept” on its own that it doesn’t seem to leave much room for spoofery.

Those behind Meet decided to give it a try anyway. They failed to find anything even vaguely amusing, though.

Meet shows not one scintilla of creativity, as it just takes whatever clichés it can find and throws them at us. It thinks it creates wacky characters and scenarios, but instead, it just seems tired and sub-moronic.

Honestly, Meet should change its title to Racial Stereotypes: The Movie. Most of these follow Black characters, but the film also pops out cheap takes on Asians, whites, and Latinos, among others.

This means a “witty insult” refers to an African man’s “Ebola finger”, and we get Latino “President El Bama”.

Someone thinks this offers comedic gold? I guess, but I can’t find a hint of cleverness or inspiration here.

None of the actors manage much with their roles. In particular, Epps just relies on cheap mugging, as he fails to find any wit or spark for the part.

More a collection of tacky gags than a coherent movie, Meet the Blacks becomes a chore to watch. Don’t expect any laughs or entertainment value from this atrocity.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus C-

Meet the Blacks appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with solid visuals.

Sharpness maintained a high caliber of clarity. Interiors occasionally looked slightly mushy, but the majority of the flick seemed well-defined. I saw no shimmering or jaggies, and both edge haloes and print flaws also failed to appear.

As usual, teal and amber/orange dominated the palette. Despite the tedious nature of those choices, the colors looked well-represented for what they were.

Blacks seemed dark and deep, while low-light shots offered appealing delineation. This turned into a more than satisfactory image.

Though not as memorable, the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked fine for the material at hand. Music dominated and used the various speakers well.

Effects got less to do and usually offered general ambience. That left us without much in terms of auditory fireworks, though the occasional violent segments boasted greater involvement.

Overall audio quality seemed good, and speech was natural and concise. Music sounded peppy and full, while effects seemed acceptable.

As mentioned earlier, these elements lacked much to stand out from the crowd, but they appeared accurate enough. This all added up to a “B“ soundtrack.

A few extras flesh out the disc, and The Making of Meet the Blacks runs 14 minutes, 52 seconds. It brings notes from producer/actor Snoop Dogg, director Deon Taylor, and actors Mike Epps, Bresha Webb, Lil Duval, Zulay Henao, Alex Henderson, Michael Blackson, Charlie Murphy, Andrew Bachelor, Tyrin Turner, Perez Hilton, Tameka “Tiny” Harris and Gary Owen.

“Making” looks at story/characters and tone, cast and performances, and Taylor’s approach to the film. Most of “Making” brings us happy talk, so don’t expect much actual information.

Next comes a music video for “Hit the Gas” from Raven Felix Featuring Snoop Dogg and Nef the Pharaoh. Taylor directs and the flick brings back cast/characters from the movie for unique content. It becomes an above average video.

Behind the Scenes of “Hit the Gas” spans five minutes, one second and features Taylor, Snoop, Felix, and Blackson. They offer basics about the video but don’t give us much substance.

Called “Don’t Hate Wiring”, we find a 38-second Parody Commercial. It shows a TV commercial with the Black family as they sell Carl’s business. It’s not clever or funny.

A collection of Outtakes fills a mere 50 seconds. This segment gives us Cronut as he chats with a cable news reporter. Like the movie, it lacks comedic value.

The disc opens with ads for The Perfect Match, School Dance, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Chiraq and Addicted. No trailer for Meet appears here.

Perhaps someone could create a good parody of The Purge, but those folks didn’t work on Meet the Blacks. Inane and puerile, the movie embraces tacky stereotypes and never locates any form of humor. The Blu-ray brings very good picture along with decent audio and minor bonus materials. Avoid this awful film.

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