Hello Music Movie family! Well it’s official, the success of Iron Man 3 last opening weekend has kicked in the door and ushered in the summer blockbuster season. And I must admit, it is a very good film and well worth the penny to view in theaters. But if you’re looking for a more comedic romp, or a fun date movie this weekend, I would highly recommend Tyler Perry presents PEEPLES, written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism (ATL, Drumline) and starring Craig Robinson (The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine), Kerry Washington (Scandal, A Thousand Words), and David Alan Grier (In Living Color, The Woodsman).
Robinson stars as lead character Wade Walker, an “average Joe” who decides to surprise his girlfriend Grace (Washington) and propose during a holiday weekend in the Hamptons with her affluent family. Problems arise, mostly due to the tension that brews between Wade and his girlfriend’s father, played hilariously by David Alan Grier. I must admit when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I thought it was going to be “Jumping The Broom meets Meet The Parents.” The film, however, does stand on its own merit by bringing some new things, and laughs, to the table. There were a few moments of cheese, especially the Moby Dick Day scene (you know I won’t spoil!), but I really did enjoy most of the movie overall.
I also enjoyed the chemistry between and the variety of the film’s cast, including Wade’s brother Chris (played by the very funny Malcolm Barrett) and the divine S. Epahtha Merkerson as family matriarch Daphne Peeples rocked! Ms. Merkerson’s comedic timing was spot on, and she even belts out a tune. There were also great cameos by legendary, veteran actors Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carrol. And it was really cool to see former child star Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Let It Shine) as Grace’s younger, socially misfit brother Simon.
In short, I would give PEEPLES a B- for great laughs, a fantastic cast, and an overall fun story. The movie opens today, May 10, nationwide. You can get more information about the film and view the trailer at www.peeplesmovie.com. Make sure to stop back by and share your thoughts if you go check it out!
Until next thought family, Thomasena