Peeples: movie review

The great David Alan Grier deserves to headline a big-time summer comedy—albeit one superior to this second-rate Meet the Parents–style farce. Grier’s Judge Virgil Peeples is a demanding paterfamilias who frowns mightily upon Wade (The Office’s Craig Robinson)—the new beau of his daughter, Grace (Kerry Washington)—for crashing a family get-together at his summer home. (The fact that Wade is a doofus who counsels kids with songs about not peeing on things doesn’t help matters.) Over the course of a weekend, Wade is humped by a dog, burns down a sacred tepee and hallucinates on mushrooms, all while Virgil steams at this interloper’s bumbling attempts to ask for Grace’s hand in marriage and thus integrate himself into the upper-class clan.

Familial secrets are eventually cast into the light (lesbianism, substance abuse, kleptomania), albeit via uniformly underlit and ungainly direction by Tina Gordon Chism. Still, Grier’s comedic timing remains spot-on, and his rapport with Robinson is often pleasingly prickly. But defined by Three’s Company–grade humor, this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large that—courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black—already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.

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Release details

Rated: PG-13
Release date: Friday May 10 2013
Duration: 95 mins

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2 / 5

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JM

I give this 2 stars at best. They do a nice job of keeping racism alive right away in the movie when they have a little old Caucasian lady make "colored boy" references. Then they make fun of someone for battling alcoholism. Frost that cake with comedy of hallucinogenic drug use and poor relationship values.