Movie Review: Peeples Is &#8216Presented&#8217 By Tyler Perry, But Free of His Heavy-Handedness


Tyler Perry’s name is on writer-director Tina Gordon Chism’s Peeples as a producer and “Presenter,” but that may not actually mean much. Free of the moralizing, heavy-handed, awkward theatricality of Perry’s films, this Meet the Parents-ish fish-out-of-water comedy is pleasant, if inane – helped along by a likable cast that’s clearly having fun. The setup is familiar: Children’s entertainer Wade Walker (Craig Robinson), intent on proposing to his girlfriend Grace Peeples (the never-not-watchable Kerry Washington), decides to surprise her at her family’s summer home in Sag Harbor. Turns out the family home is more of a mansion, and Grace’s strict, federal judge dad Virgil (Grier) and recovering ‘70s disco queen mom Daphne (S. Epatha Merkerson) have never heard of Wade. The daughter has been too concerned about her family’s judgment and obsession with status to ever disclose that she’s seeing somebody who might not be up to snuff: Wade’s main achievement is going around to elementary schools and singing kids a song about how not to pee their pants. (“Speak it, don’t leak it.”)

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