“Meet the Blacks” (Freestyle)

Bresha Webb and Mike Epps star in a scene from the movie "Meet the Blacks." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Hidden Empire Film Group)

By Catholic News Service

A sloppy assemblage of tasteless jokes, rampant profanity and lewd sexual behavior comprises this wretched comedy, directed and co-written by Deon Taylor.

An African-American family relocates from Chicago to an all-white gated community in Beverly Hills, California. The patriarch (Mike Epps) hopes for a better life for his wife (Zulay Henao) and kids (Bresha Webb, Alex Henderson). But, unbeknownst to them, he’s also running away from a string of unpaid debts and spurned lovers in the Windy City. In a comic take on the horror franchise that began with 2013’s “The Purge,” the clan is soon under siege from gun-toting neighbors and angry creditors, all taking advantage of an annual 12-hour event during which any crime may be committed with impunity.

Bloody violence, strong sexual content, including scenes of masturbation, drug use, pervasive profane, rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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