Peeples Movie Reviews
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Sometimes you sit through a movie you know was produced by Tyler Perry and you roll your eyes and think, boy, can it get any worse? Then other times you watch something you think is pretty decent and you learn at the end that Tyler Perry produced it and you're all, "Whaaaaat?!?" This movie is quite enjoyable on its own terms, and it gives a glimpse into a world that most people really don't know much about (unless you happen to be in it) and that is the world of Rich Black Folk (as my African American friend put it). Usually we see black people in movies as thugs or in poverty and in this one we have a rich family who tries to see if an average guy can really fit into their world. It's funny, especially when it comes to the mom who is a boozehound. On the whole, I would recommend this to anyone who likes family comedies. You can relate.
This film was kind of funny and I liked the characters and funny situations that they got themselves into, but I do not think this film is worth the price of the movie ticket. It is yet another Perry film and he follows the formula like he always does. The film had funny moments and touching moments but in the end it was not a cohesive film and I was pretty bored with it. I would totally suggest renting it and watching it at home, I just don’t think it’s worth seeing on the big screen. Craig Robinson was great in the film and he is a very likable guy, overall the film is alright just not great.
I did not like this film and I do not recommend seeing it in the theaters. The film had all the right elements, unfortunately they did not come together well and the film failed to entertain or arouse my interest. It is yet another Perry film that is targeted to a very specific audience and I think that it is really exploitative of that audience. There were couple of funny moments and I did like the characters in the film because they were realistic and relatable, however this movie is very forgettable. Overall, I do not think this film is worth seeing on the big screen, it is better off watched at the comfort of your home.
I’ll say this for Tyler Perry: he knows how to produce a watchable film, even if he doesn’t always star in them. Peeples, starring Craig Robinson of The Office fame is surprisingly funny, smart, and just heartwarming enough to make you go ‘awww’ even when you know you’d be embarrassed if anyone ever caught you doing it.
The reason for the movie’s watchability is its star Robinson, who plays the lead with such understated likability that you root for him even though you kind of understand why he shouldn’t succeed the whole time.
The story begins when an blue collar children’s party worker (Robinson) finds himself ready to pop the question to his girlfriend (a flawlessly make-up-ed Kerry Washington). She is not, however, the average black woman of the movies; she comes from that far away land into which Hollywood almost never dares to venture: upper class African American Ville. (Spoiler: it’s just like the rest of Upper Class America, only with better tans).
Her father (a surprisingly well cast David Alan Grier, veteran of many a canceled sitcom) puts the prospective groom through the runner; if ever there was a woman who was not to be pursued by an average joe, it is his daughter. They are, after all, the “Chocolate Kennedys”.
The film plays well when it’s just the poor, put-upon boyfriend putting up with utter torture to win over his girlfriend’s family. Some scenes between Robinson and Alan Grier are particularly well-done, with the two of them sharing a latent and unexpected comic chemistry.
Unfortunately, the women have little to do here except to sit pretty while looking flawless. It’s a shame that while they were undoing a classic class barrier, they chose to reinforce a classic sexist one. Pishaw.