Director: Tina Gordon Chism
Writer: Tina Gordon Chism
Cast: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll, Kali Hawk, Kimrie Lewis-Davis, Malcolm Barrett, Ana Gasteyer, Briana Marin, Angelee Areu, Tuffy Questell, Jerome Preston Bates
Synopsis: Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material and language
Relax...these are my peeples...
Have you ever wondered what would happen if Tyler Perry ever decided to take the premise of "Meet the Parents", and then tried to create his own comedy that featured less slapstick; while making it arguably the most forgettable movie ever made? Well, that pretty much sums up my entire thoughts on "Peeples" in a nutshell. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad movie by any means, but it's arguably the most bland comedy that I've ever seen.
Although some of the jokes are funny, the reality is that it's completely devoid of any kind of originality, and plot is extremely predictable to boot. Granted, in most comedies, these flaws can easily be forgiven as long as the characters are memorable, and the jokes are written well. Sadly, none of this seems to be the case in Tyler Perry's "Peeples." Although the characters are likable enough, I'd be lying to all my readers if I said any of them were the least bit interesting and/or memorable.
"Peeples" suffers from falling into every cliche in the book, when it comes to comedies without offering one shred of originality; which makes the movie rather bland to say the least. The film focuses on a man named Wade Walker (Craig Robinson), who's been dating a younger girl named Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington) for years.
Although they're both allegedly happy together, Grace seems to be hiding something from Wade, as she refuses to invite him to her family's reunion this year. Needless to say, this ruins his plans for the weekend, as he was preparing to pop the big question to her this year. Oh what is our poor hero to do? I mean it's not like he could simply wait until she got back or anything. I mean where would the fun be in that, right?
Anyways, at the suggestion of his wannabe playboy brother, Chris (Malcolm Barrett), Wade decides to crash her family reunion, so he can pop the big question to her. Aww, how romantic and cliched. I don't know if I should applaud Wade for being a hopeless romantic, or if I should roll my eyes at the utter predictability this film represents. I think I'd prefer the latter, in this case.
The problem with "Peeples" is that it's just a generic formula based romantic comedy; where it does little to make itself stand out. The film tries to convey an urbanized comedy around the concept of a man meeting his girl's parents for the first time; a concept that was much better explored in Ben Stiller's comedy, "Meet the Parents."
Don't get me wrong, it has nothing to do with race, and the concept wasn't that original either, even back when "Meet the Parents" was released. However, Ben Stiller's over the top performance helped make the film not only entertaining, but also very memorable. Not to mention that Robert De Niro does an excellent job in it as well.
Unfortunately, you won't find anything like that in "Peeples", as everyone here comes off as bland and predictable. The jokes are written so lousy that you can see them coming from a mile away. In one scene for example, Wade decides to join the Peeples family in their daily bike ride through the park. Wade makes a comment about how it might rain, and the rest of the family gets mad about it.
Why you may ask? Because they're superstitious, and they believe that by merely mentioning that it might rain, then it'll rain. However, Wade tells them that he was joking, and tells them that he takes it back. Unfortunately, it does end up raining, and the family blames him for the whole damn thing.
Or how about the closet lesbian sister that Chris has the hots for, eh? Like all comedies of this ilk, he does everything he can to sleep with her, but he inevitably falls on his proverbial a** doing so. Gee, I totally did not see that coming....by the way...did I mention I'm a terrible liar?
As I mentioned earlier, "Peeples" isn't a bad movie per say, as it does have it's moments. However, most of those moments are fairly safe and conservative; while offering nothing when it comes to originality. Now, I'm not going to pretend like "Meet the Parents" was a masterpiece or anything, but at least, it had great memorable performances that made it a great film to watch. Plus, it had a lot of great jokes as well that you didn't see coming from a mile away half the time.
Unfortunately, "Peeples" doesn't have any of these qualities; which makes it arguably one of the most blandest films I've ever seen in my life. It's devoid of any originality, and sells itself as a generic romantic comedy; which is exactly what it is.
Overall, I'd definitely hold off seeing this movie until it comes out on DVD/Blue-Ray, as this isn't worth seeing in theaters at a rating of two out of four. It's not a bad movie, but it's just forgettable, due to it's blandness and unoriginal story arc. It's worth checking out for a rental if you're looking for a fairly decent comedy, to get a few cheap laughs. However, if you're yearning for a comedy with a bit more substance, then all I can tell you is to keep searching because you won't find it in "Peeples."