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Peeples Review

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2.5

Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The film’s first half is a slog as Chism sets up the minefield for Wade, with every (fully visible) mine certain to explode.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Director Tina Gordon Chism keeps the innocuous class-meets-crass jokes bubbling, and the actors are amiable, but Peeples often seems to want to turn these characters into benignly goofy role models. Maybe that's why the basic comic collision never explodes.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice Zachary Wigon

    While she doesn't quite achieve the screwball zaniness she strives for, Chism deserves commendation for crafting a farcical work that feels like it concerns real characters.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety

    Peeples may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from “Meet the Parents,” but its heart is suffused with French cinema.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Grier plays the part of the pompous patrician with superb finesse and dry wit, easily the movie's highlight.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    While Peeples follows a very predictable course as a romantic comedy and does not break any ground in that genre of filmmaking, this movie is more engaging than you might expect.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 13 & under

Funny but formulaic comedy has some edgy content.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Peeples is a Tyler Perry-produced, Meet the Parents-esque comedy that follows the misadventures of a man who's finally meeting his girlfriend's family. He doesn't make a very good first impression on her domineering father, almost everyone is hiding something, and eventually things start to unravel in a spectacular fashion. Expect several sexual conversations/references, discussion of a same-sex relationship, lots of skimpy/cleavage-baring outfits (as well as a non-graphic skinny dipping scene), some strong language ("s--t," "d--k," and one "f--k"), and a few scenes feature drinking and drugs (pot, mushrooms).

  • Families can talk about the kind of laughs this comedy goes for. Is seeing people in awkward/humiliating situations funny?
  • What do you think about Grace's relationship with her father? Why does she keep secrets from him? Why do so many other people in the family hide things from him, too? What is the movie saying about the consequences of dishonesty?
  • Wade has trouble adjusting to the Peeples' home, where there are so many secrets and lies -- how would you feel visiting such a home?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Honesty is always the best policy -- though at first that lesson is hard for the main characters to embrace. Everybody here has secrets that they think should remain secret, but eventually they come to realize that holding the information inside is hurting people, especially themselves, and coming clean will make things better.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Wade is a well-meaning, down-to-earth guy who has trouble understanding why his girlfriend's family has so many secrets and why they're all so scared of her overbearing father, a judge. Eventually, other people realize that Wade's attitude is a healthier way to face the world -- and the judge.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Some bickering among family members. A man who's been drugged tries to attack another man with an antique harpoon.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Several sexual references/discussion of making love. Two somewhat risque scenes show people fooling around, clothed. Many characters discuss the relationship between a same-sex couple; other conversations focus on a woman who has had breast implants. There's no nudity, though some scenes feature gratuitous cleavage shots/skimpy outfits, and one scene shows people skinny dipping from a distance/in silhouette. Flirting/propositioning.

  • language false2

    Language: Swearing isn't constant but includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t, "d--k," "ass," "laid," "boobie," "damn," "hell," "oh God," etc.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Some consumer products are visible during a trip to a grocery store, including Pirate's Booty snacks. A man drinks Stella Artois beer. Characters ride the Hampton Jitney from Manhattan to Sag Harbor.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer at a bar. A recovering alcoholic fondles a bottle of wine and looks sad when it's taken from her. In the absence of drinking, she's taken to using the marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms she grows in her garden.

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