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Tina Gordon Chism
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Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the Peeples annual Hamptons reunion to ask for their daughter Grace's (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 62
- Fresh: 23
- Rotten: 39
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This pleasing ensemble comedy, while manifesting Perry trademarks, is very much Ms. Chism's own. And that is to its benefit.
Rotten: "Peeples" gets off to a hobbling start, wraps up with the usual bromides, and is pretty much anodyne throughout ...
Rotten: "Peeples" is a just-this-side-of-legal knockoff of "Meet the Parents," altered only by minor script details and an African-American cast.
Rotten: "Peeples" may not break any new ground, but it's about time Perry threw a family reunion hosted by someone other than Madea.
In just never took off
I kept watching to see if something would happen, but it just never seemed to go anywhere
A FUN BUT FORGETTABLE FAMILY-FOCUSED COMEDY
From producer Tyler Perry comes "Peeples," a "Meet the Parents"-style comedy that benefits from a terrifically charming cast and a few lighthearted laughs, but ultimately falters due to its heavily clichéd plotting and needlessly overwrought message about family values. But even if it does lack an original story and creative direction, the film at least succeeds at providing likable, albeit forgettable, characters amongst its scattershot laughs. The main story follows Wade Walker (Craig Robinson), a nice guy who loves his longtime girlfriend Grace (Kerry Washington), and is eager to propose. Convinced that his best bet is to make his move while Grace's entire family is present, Wade boldly decides to invite himself to her family reunion in the Hamptons, and does his best to make a good impression. That proves to be much less than a simple task when he meets Grace's domineering, overprotective father Judge Virgil Peeples (David Alan Grier), who can't stand anything about him. Over the course of one eventfully long weekend, as Wade prepares to pop that big question, he learns that he may fit in better with the dysfunctional yet well-to-do clan than he could've anticipated. Yes, the plot is one we've seen many times before, and the slapstick-heavy sight gags get pretty tiring to sit through after a while, but oddly enough, I actually enjoyed the majority of the film. Robinson's lead performance mostly pays off as Wade, the charismatically down-to-earth protagonist who provides all the good-natured charm and over-the-top reactions you could ask for. Meanwhile, Grier absolutely nails his part as Judge Peeples, the stern, deadpan patriarch who torments his would-be son-in-law at every turn. He plays the role with a straight face and a fun, winking attitude at the same time, making his presence all the more amusing. The rest of the cast, while solid, fails to make as much of a consistent impact as its two stars, barely getting any interesting scenes of their own. But despite its aggressively formulaic storytelling and lack of memorable characters, "Peeples" is still pleasantly fun and charming enough to enjoy on its own merits. I certainly wouldn't call it a must-see by any means, but if you're in the mood for some Tyler Perry-esque humor with a largely appealing cast, it's worth a one-time rent.
great, hilarious, well written
this was hilarious, and good. I don't know why it hasn't gotten higher votes. REally fun! I was laughing the entire time. Personally i liked this more that the others because all of the characters were naturally funny and didn't force the funny.
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