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Mixed Reviews for Tyler Perry's 'Peeples'

One critic calls the Tyler Perry produced comedy, "a long, boring buildup that finally pays off with scattered laughs in the second half."

The premise, courtesy of the film's official website:

Sparks fly when Wade Walker (Craig Robinson) crashes the preppy Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace's (Kerry Washington) hand in marriage.

See 'Peeples' at Aurora Cineplex and Studio Movie Grill. For more theater information, show times and pricing, click the links above.

Wade might be a fish-out-of-water among this seemingly perfect East Coast clan, but he’s not about to let himself flounder. 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.

Here's what critics are saying:

Built to be a crowd-pleaser, Tina Gordon Chism’s directing debut is sure to click with Gatsby-indifferent moviegoers when it opens wide on Friday. More leading roles for Robinson will no doubt follow, and it can only be hoped that he’ll find better vehicles for his comedy chops. — Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter 
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. — Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly 
Domestic comedy 'Peeples' may appropriate its entire premise and plot structure from 'Meet the Parents,' but its heart is suffused with French cinema. ... Unlike 'Meet the Parents,' 'Peeples' is rather unconcerned with even approximating actual human behavior en route to setting up its setpieces, which often works to its benefit. Many of the film’s best bits arise from scenarios that are unexplained, or introduced so flat-footedly that they might as well be, while the most strenuously orchestrated, long-lead punchlines often dissipate into sad little laughless dribbles. — Andrew Barker, Variety 
Scenes thrown together randomly make a movie hard to follow. In 'Peeples,' the elements are all there. They’re just thrown together in haphazard fashion. A funny scene here, an attempt at a touching scene there, toss, repeat randomly, the end. — Bill Goodykoontz, Florida Today
With a long, boring buildup that finally pays off with scattered laughs in the second half, ‘'Peeples' also manages to leave a better impression than the ‘'Tyler Perry Presents’' tag on the posters might imply. This is broad comedy, but nowhere near as broad — or boorish and shrill — as producer Perry’s own family adventures (for disclosure’s sake, there are screechy relations here, but Perry’s Madea fortunately isn’t among them). — David Germain, Boston.com

"Peeples" is rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material and language. The movie runs 95 minutes. 

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