Peeples

Peeples

Director: Tina Gordon Chism

Cast: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier

     
 

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An Average Joe crashes a luxurious family gathering in the Hamptons in hopes of asking for his true love's hand in marriage, and learns that even wealthy families have their fair share of quirks in this family comedy from producer Tyler Perry. Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) may not be a blue blood, but heSee more details below

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An Average Joe crashes a luxurious family gathering in the Hamptons in hopes of asking for his true love's hand in marriage, and learns that even wealthy families have their fair share of quirks in this family comedy from producer Tyler Perry. Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) may not be a blue blood, but he loves Grace (Kerry Washington), and he's eager to propose. Convinced that his best bet is to make his move while Grace's entire family is present, Wade boldly invites himself to her family reunion, and does his best to make a good impression. Over the course of an eventful weekend, he learns that he may fit in better with the dysfunctional yet well-to-do clan than he ever could have anticipated. David Alan Grier, Melvin Van Peebles, and Ana Gasteyer co-star.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Drumline and ATL screenwriter Tina Gordon Chism makes the leap to the director's chair with Peeples, a gentle family comedy that's as flawed as its titular family is dysfunctional, yet just breezy (and brief) enough to earn a pass from families looking for a few laughs. Though there's precious little in Chism's paint-by-numbers script that we haven't seen in countless domestic comedies before, her debut feature benefits greatly from the charms of Craig Robinson in the lead role of the boyfriend who's eager to please, even as talented veteran David Alan Grier is left treading water in an attempt to bring his character -- a stuffy, disapproving father -- to life. Wade Walker (Robinson) may not be a blue blood, but he loves Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington) and he's eager to propose. Convinced that his best bet is to make his move while Grace's entire family are present, Wade boldly invites himself to their luxurious lake house in Sag Harbor, NY, and tries to make a good impression while waiting for just the right moment to pop the question. While earning the respect of Grace's father Virgil (Grier) won't be easy, the good-natured boyfriend quickly learns that he's not the only one in the house with a secret: Grace's sister Gloria (Kali Hawk) has also been planning a big announcement for the weekend, and her brilliant but socially awkward brother Simon (Tyler James Williams) seems bound and determined to be taken seriously as a thug. Meanwhile, as Sag Harbor's annual Moby Dick Day celebrations draw near, Wade's unpredictable brother Chris (Malcolm Barrett) shows up unannounced, and makes a better impression on Virgil than expected while setting his sights on the lovely Gloria. Though it soon starts to look like Wade will never find the perfect moment to propose, over the course of an eventful weekend he learns that he may fit in better with the dysfunctional yet well-to-do clan than he could have ever anticipated. Although cynical critics will certainly deride Peeples for Chism's lackluster directorial skills and pedestrian screenplay, it's undeniable that she knows her audience and does her best to give them exactly what they want. So while her debut feature may never be hailed as a comedy classic or even an undiscovered gem, its decided lack of pretense is part of what makes Peeples passably endearing despite its sometimes pronounced shortcomings. Chism seems to have zero sense as a director of comic timing or spatial relations (a scene in which Wade makes a shocking discovery about Grace's stern father is almost disorienting in its ineptitude), and though the film's idea of a "wacky" final set piece somewhat disturbingly plays a drug-fueled murder attempt for laughs, it's never as if Peeples fails to live up to any great intellectual concept posed in the opening act, so its flaws are somewhat easier to forgive. Sure, Chism's debut may be wholly unremarkable, but that's hardly a crime against cinema or comedy -- it's a modest failure that any decent first-time director would use as a learning tool. Her greatest transgression is wasting the talents of Robinson and Grier, and relegating the great Melvin Van Peebles to a glorified cameo.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/10/2013
UPC:
0031398175674
Original Release:
2013
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
36,655

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Craig Robinson Wade Walker
Kerry Washington Grace Peeples
David Alan Grier Virgil Peeples
S. Epatha Merkerson Daphne Peeples
Tyler James Williams Simon Peeples
Melvin Van Peebles Grandpa Peeples
Diahann Carroll Nana Peeples
Malcolm Barrett Chris Walker
Kali Hawk Gloria Peeples
Ana Gasteyer Mayor Hodge
Kimrie Lewis-Davis Meg
Briana Marin Sexy Mother
Angelee Areu 5-Year-Old-Girl
Tuffy Questell Taxi Driver
Jerome Bates Skip
Jordan Hall Cashier
Sylvia Kauders Mrs. Davis
Wade Allain-Marcus Bartender
Emilio Delgado Chief
Christopher Gates Priest
Catherine Pierce Back Up Singer #1
Linda Thompson Williams Back Up Singer #2

Technical Credits
Tina Gordon Chism Director,Screenwriter
Stephanie Allain Producer
Ozzie Areu Producer
Conrad F. Brink Special Effects Supervisor
Rick Butler Production Designer
H.H. Cooper Asst. Director,Co-producer
Davi Choreography
Charles S. Dutton Executive Producer
Alexander Gruszynski Cinematographer
Paul Hall Producer
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo Holder Art Director
Preston Holmes Executive Producer
Sherry Marsh Executive Producer
Matt Moore Producer
David Moritz Editor
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Tyler Perry Producer
Paul A. Simmons Costumes/Costume Designer
Kim Taylor-Coleman Casting
Aaron Zigman Score Composer

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Scene Index

Cast and filmmaker Commentary; "Meet the Peoples, jam with the Fam" featurettes; Gag reel

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