Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Dave Release date: May 10, 2013 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Based loosely on so many other movies, including Meet The Parents. Wade, (Craig Robinson) must convince wary Dad, Judge Virgil Peeples (David Alan Grier) that he is worthy of his daughter's hand in marriage. Grace Peeples (Kerry Washington) doesn't have a lot to do while her father continually berates her boyfriend. Her performance is almost peripheral.
If Peeples is a comedy, the laughs are few and far between. It's not even funny accidentally. If it's a drama, it's not very dramatic.
Peeples, taps into the 'formulaic' so many times that It's difficult to distinguish whether any real originality ever existed. It's part Jefferson's, The Cosby Show, and In Living Color conveniently rolled into one overbearing snooze-fest. I'm surprised the producers didn't throw in the Klumps from The Nutty Professor for good measure.
In a film which had the potential to be hilarious, it's sad when talented actors give performances that feel so utterly forced and contrived.
Was it the script or direction that caused Peeples to fail so badly? Or simply the idea of stretching out the equivalent of a half-hour sitcom into an hour and a half of boring nonsense.
Either way, Peeples fails miserably on every possible level.