PEEPLES

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
SEPTEMBER 22, 2013

Tyler Perry produces a take on “Meet The Parents.” Tina Gordon Chism’s “Peeples” is saved by a unique and humorous cast in Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, and David Alan Grier. However, it is far too predictable and laughless even to be considered average. With strange plot divergences like Tyler James Williams’s involvement as the youngest son, Simon, and the obviousness of most of the plot devices, the film falls flat for being a black adaptation without adding anything of worth. Robinson does his best as he loses his wallet, gets blamed for everything wrong over the weekend, and quickly discovers every family member’s secret. Washington is gorgeous and reminds us that she deserves better. Grier shines as an overprotective parent, but his role is ruined by delving into his personal life too much. Not quite the Stiller-De Niro chemistry of “Meet The Parents,” Chism’s film proves better than most movies with Tyler Perry’s name on them, but still doesn’t quite hit its mark.

RELEASE DATE
May 10, 2013

DIRECTOR
Tina Gordon Chism

WRITTEN BY
Tina Gordon Chism

STUDIO
Lionsgate

PG-13
(for sexual content, drug material and language)

COMEDY
ROMANCE

94 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Alexander Gruszynski

COMPOSER
Aaron Zigman

EDITOR
David Moritz

CAST
Craig Robinson
Kerry Washington
David Alan Grier
Tyler James Williams
Melvin Van Peebles
Diahann Carroll
Kali Hawk
Malcolm Barrett
Ana Gasteyer

PRODUCED BY
Tyler Perry
Stephanie Allain
Ozzie Areu
Paul Hall
Matt Moore

BUDGET
$15 million

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