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Starring: Jonah Hill, Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lauren London, Sam Jay, Molly Gordon, Mike Epps, Nia Long, Deon Cole, Rhea Perlman, David Duchovny
OUR RATING: ★★½
Netflix comedy directed and co-written by Kenya Barris. You People (2023) centers on new couple Ezra and Amira(Jonah Hill, Lauren London), who after falling in love, find themselves confronting societal expectations and generational differences amidst their families (Eddie Murphy, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny) clashing cultures.
Mo: Welcome to The Mo and E-Z Show. I’m Mo, and to my left is my favorite Jew with nothing to do, my boy E-Z.
Ezra: [to Shelley] First of all, can you please stop saying “I get it” and using air quotes? And second of all, when someone says, “I’m cool. I get it,” they never are cool, and they never get it. You shouldn’t have to say that.
Bubby: You won’t be able to be buried in a Jewish cemetery.
Ezra: Bubby, I love you so much, respectfully, but I’ll be dead. I don’t give a s**t where I’m buried, respectfully. You can take my ashes, and you can flush them down the urinal at Dodger Stadium, respectfully.
Bubby: Oh, so now you’re disrespecting the Dodgers?
Shelley: Okay, I’m going to scrape those tattoos off myself, and I’m going to bury you in a double-wide coffin with me. Okay, how about that?
Ezra: Sounds good.
Liza: You look like a dad who lost his kid at Coachella.
Ezra: You look like the principal of a Hebrew school version of Hogwarts.
Liza: You look like a young Hulk Hogan.
Mr. Greenwald: Got a girlfriend?
Mr. Greenwald: You say that so cavalier, like it’s a bad thing. You don’t like getting pu**y?
Ezra: Well, hearing the word pu**y come out of your mouth does make me question whether or not I like it.
Shelley: [referring to Dr. Green] Well, he hasn’t been convicted.
Ezra: Totally. In the four seconds I spoke with him, he tried to pull me in the bathroom and look at my d**k, so I’m just going to say I might support the accusers on this one.
Kim Glassman: [to Ezra, referring to his podcast] I mean, you’re a Jew from West LA. What do you know about the culture? Maybe deli culture, but…
Ezra: Honestly, I’m starting to think I’m never going to meet a woman who understands me.
Mo: Bruh, you have got to stop being so thirsty, man. It’s disgusting! I don’t think I’ve heard of a man ever who wanted to be in a relationship so badly besides Drake. And I’m talking Views Drake.
'I feel like I'm alone, on a building in Toronto, dangling my legs off, wondering what it's like to feel companionship. That's the space I'm in.' - Ezra (You People) Click To Tweet
Ezra: I’m literally Take Care Drake. I’m at an Italian restaurant by myself with a bunch of chains, drinking Manischewitz out of a goblet, and wondering when the f*** is it my turn to feel like deep happiness and connection.
Mo: [to Ezra] You’re not even giving me Take Care Drake. You’re giving me “Houstatlantavegas” Drake. I’m talking crying over strippers, no beard, big upper lip.
Amira: I don’t really feel seen by you in any way.
Chris: All I do is see you, girl. I’m always on your social media. I’m staring at you right now. You know what? It’s like James Baldwin said. “The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.” I don’t have s**t to lose because I already lost you.
Don Wood: Here he is. Biggest swinging d**k in the West!
Ezra: There he is. You have a big swinging p**is yourself there, my man. The boss man.
Don Wood: You made that exchange weird, Ezra. Goddamn it. Alright. What’s done is done, right?
Ezra: [after he gets in Amira’s car] I know this seems like a racism. But it’s not. My Uber driver is a Black woman who drives a Mini Cooper. Her name is Hyacinth Ajanlekoko Butatembe. So.
Amira: Oh, wow. Okay. So I guess Hyacinth-whatever looks like me since we all look alike.
Ezra: I mean, honestly, f***ing you guys are twins.
Amira: [as Ezra shows her the photo] Oh, my God. Wait. She really does look like me.
Ezra: Yeah, this is like a 23 and Me situation. Like I want to introduce you guys. I mean, you’re better looking for sure.
'The most dangerous creation of any society is the man who has nothing to lose.' - Chris (You People) Click To Tweet
Amira: This ain’t no Driving Miss Daisy s**t, okay?
Amira: Don’t kill me.
Ezra: I’m not going to kill you. Please don’t kill me.
Amira: I’m not.
Ezra: You’re the one who beat me.
Omar: What kind of name is Ezra? Is he like a third-generation civil rights activist, or keeping-the-peace a** n****?
Amira: No. He’s white.
Omar: He’s white?
Akbar: You know, I’m starting to hate the world more and more each day. You know, this place used to be our thing. Then white folks figured out that not only did Magic Johnson and Dr. Sebi figure out how to cure AIDS, but we also have delicious patties and smoothies.
Mo: Hold up. You’re dating a “Black girl” Black girl?
Ezra: I mean, I wouldn’t put it that way.
Mo: Bro, you bagged a real one? This is crazy. Wait a minute though. This is way out of your league. If this girl is what you say she is, then I’m pretty sure she smells like cocoa butter and expectations, bro.
'If you like something, you like it. I don't think anybody should be put in a box ever.' - Ezra (You People) Click To Tweet
Ezra: This isn’t because it’s like a hot new thing. I’m not talking about a tie-dye sweatsuit. I’m talking about a person. A woman who I met, who I found interesting, who’s different than the other women that I know, so I asked her out. Who cares?
Mo: Yoh, please tell me you didn’t buy a tie-dye sweatsuit.
Amira: Oh, this is date?
Ezra: Yeah. I mean, we’re two adults, at least one of us is interested in getting to know the other one, meeting at a specific place at a designated time. And I’m pretty sure if I asked Siri, “Siri, what is a date?” That would be the exact bar she would spit back at me.
Ezra: If you like something, you like it. I don’t think anybody should be put in a box ever.
Amira: That’s real. I agree with you.
Amira: I just don’t be having sex with just anyone. So, whether you like it or not, we kind of go together now.
Ezra: Yeah, that’s crazy. I was going to say a similar kind of thing. Maybe a little less junior high, a little more mature. But, yeah. You’re my boo, come on. You already know. You’re obsessed with me.
Shelley: She’s from Guatemala. Lupita. But, you know, we’re like sisters, actually. She’s literally like family. I mean, it’s not even like work for her really.
Ezra: I’m pretty sure it’s like work for her. I don’t think Lupita’s coming all the way down here just pro bono, no money exchange, you know.
'Vegas has a knack for bringing out who people really are.' - Omar (You People) Click To Tweet
Liza: [to Shelley and Arnold] Yeah, it’s a shame you missed out on that first wave of early gentrification. You could’ve screwed a lot of people out of their property value.
Shelley: Liza’s gay. She’s queer. She’s lesbian.
Shelley: You got it all. Which we love and accept. “Because that is our vibe. That’s how we roll.”
Liza: I think she understands. Is she doing the air quote thing again?
Ezra: Yeah, she’s just warming up.
Shelley: Okay, so I want to put this out to the group and see how it lands.
Ezra: Oh, s**t.
Shelley: I think the police…
Ezra: [nervous] Okay!
Shelley: Are, and always have been, by the way, f***ed up towards Black people. And I, for one, hate it.
Arnold: I like your braids.
Amira: Thank you.
Arnold: Xzibit had braids.
'I feel like if you love something, as much as you want to share it with everybody, I think it's best you keep it for yourself.' - Ezra (You People) Click To Tweet
Liza: Dad, stop.
Liza: Just like producing sound.
Arnold: I like X to the Z. What can I say?
Mo: So you’re telling me you’re about to ask their only adult daughter to marry you with this baby-a** ring, and you haven’t even met her parents? Bro. White dudes really do be out here living by their own code.
Mo: You’re going to have to make up a story or something for this, bro.
Ezra: Yeah. It is a small ring. You think her family will judge me and stuff?
Mo: I’m judging you, n****. This is terrible.
Ezra: I’m just going to be like, “It’s my grandma’s Holocaust ring.”
Mo: That’s good. That’s great.
Ezra: I mean, game over. They can’t say s**t. Once you drop the Holocaust, they’re like…
Akbar: [after meeting Ezra for the first time] So do you hang out in the hood all the time, or do you just come up here for our food and women?
Fatima: It’s a valid question.
Ezra: It is.