Peeples (2013)



Critic Consensus: Peeples is a warm, amiable farce that offers a few chuckles but mostly falls back on predictable plotting and an overwrought message.

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Sparks fly in the Hamptons when "regular guy" Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples family reunion to ask for their precious daughter Grace's (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage. Wade might be a fish out of water among this picture-perfect East Coast clan always trying to keep up appearances, but he's not about to let himself sink. Instead, in a wild weekend of fun, dysfunction and hilarious surprises, Wade is about to discover there's room for all kinds of Peeples in this family, no matter their differences. Writer and first-time director Tina Gordon Chism (writer of DRUMLINE) joins forces with Tyler Perry to present a laugh-out-loud look at the family ties that freak us out . . . but bind us together with love. (c) Lionsgate
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Craig Robinson
as Wade Walker
Kerry Washington
as Grace Peeples
David Alan Grier
as Virgil Peeples
S. Epatha Merkerson
as Daphne Peeples
Tyler James Williams
as Simon Peeples
Tyler Williams
as Simon Peeples
Melvin Van Peebles
as Grandpa Peeples
Diahann Carroll
as Nana Peeples
Malcolm Barrett
as Chris Walker
Kali Hawk
as Gloria Peeples
Ana Gasteyer
as Mayor Hodge
Briana Marin
as Sexy Mother
Angelee Areu
as 5-Year-Old-Girl
Tuffy Questell
as Taxi Driver
Jordan Hall
as Cashier
Sylvia Kauders
as Mrs. Davis
Catherine Pierce
as Back Up Singer #1
Linda Thompson Williams
as Back Up Singer #2
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Critic Reviews for Peeples

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (28)

Pleasant, if inane - helped along by a likable cast that's clearly having fun.

Full Review… | May 12, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Saves itself from a complete belly flop by its good-natured charm.

Full Review… | May 11, 2013
Top Critic

Writer-director Tina Gordon Chism implies that people should accept each other for who they are, but with no genuine insight to back up this moral, it feels hollow.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester's disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's often rote and by-the-numbers, but writer-director Tina Gordon Chism injects the proceedings with enough smart chat, clever situations and spot-on casting choices to make this well-traveled road feel a little less stale.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Top Critic

A meet-the-parents-and-their-rigid-disapproval comedy, with a bit of fish-out-of-water humor tossed in.

Full Review… | May 10, 2013
Miami Herald
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Audience Reviews for Peeples

He's not one of the Peeples. Good Comedy! I have no idea why people are giving this movie a bad review. It was light, amusing, and very entertaining. Finally a movie in which black people are like the black people I know. No the movie wasn't seeking the cheap laughs from portraying African Americans in the typical Hollywood skewed context. None of the black women "went off" or did the whole neck thingy. No one was selling drugs or eating fried chicken or living in the hood. If you have any experience with African Americans like the ones portrayed here then you will enjoy the movie. If you want every African American movie to follow the stereotypical blue print that it seems directors and production houses insist upon promulgating then you might not. Excellent, smart, well written and pretty funny! Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's hand in marriage.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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Let me start this out by saying, Craig Robinson is funny as hell. Anytime I see him in a movie I know I'm gonna be laughing. Here is no difference, even though the movie is very generic. This is basically a black version of "Meet the Parents", with Robinson playing the Stiller part, and David Alan Grier as the Di Niro father role. Sure there are a few differences, but it's the same thing. But, that's ok, because it's still pretty funny, even though you know what's coming next throughout the movie. The supporting cast does a good job, but this is Robinson's movie, and he shines. Good for a few good PG-13 laughs, and a perfect rental.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Funny movie. I am a die hard Tyler Perry fan because all of his movies have this kernel of human truth in them, no matter how slapstick. In this case, the fact that all families have dirty little secrets--no family is perfect no matter how they present themselves.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

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