Funny but formulaic comedy has some edgy content.
  • Review Date: May 12, 2013
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive 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.

Positive 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.


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


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.


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


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.

Drinking, drugs, & 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.

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).

What's the story?

Wade (Craig Robinson) is finally going to meet his girlfriend Grace's (Kerry Washington) family, overseen by stern patriarch Judge Peeples (David Alan Grier). Yes, he's really a judge, and yes, that's how he prefers to be called. Wade wants to get off on the right foot because he's planning to propose, but just about everything goes wrong in this comedy co-produced by Tyler Perry. The judge is quick to rule that Wade isn't good enough for his daughter, and while Wade may have grounds for an appeal, he's got his work cut out for him.

Is it any good?


Everyone in the Peeples family seems to be hiding something. Grace hasn't told her parents about Wade, and Grace's sister hasn't explained all the details about her relationship with her best friend, Meg. Grace's mom has a substance abuse problem, her younger brother has a few unusual habits, and even Wade's brother isn't totally forthcoming about his background. PEEPLES has the makings of a decent comedy, and it almost gets there.

The movie's situations are funny, but they're not surprising. The acting is solid, the characters are mostly likable, and the pacing is good. But Peeples comes across as a good episode of a standard-issue sitcom. It's not a bad way to spend a couple of hours, and Robinson's Wade stands out as a decent guy who might have been played as a total fool in other romcoms. The Peeples aren't bad people, but the film doesn't really stand out.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 10, 2013
DVD release date:September 10, 2013
Cast:Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington
Director:Tina Gordon Chism
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content, drug material and language

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Parent Written byDan G. May 20, 2013

Unfit for human consumption at any age

For adults, it's just another gross out, shock comedy, like the many before it. Those that enjoy such comedy may enjoy this movie. For children, it is a minefield of some of the worst examples of human behavior that they could be exposed to. The movie portrays that sexual intercourse and living together before marriage is OK, and racial stereotyping is fine, as long as people of color are stereotyping themselves. The family potrayed is nuts, the mother is a 'recovering' alcoholic who has only replaced her addiction for alcohol with ones she can satisfy by 'growing her own', the younger brother is a gangster wanna be who steals, and the father, a judge and supposed paragon of virtue, freqnents nude beaches on the sly. Homosexual behavior is suggested to be appropriate, and another character watches two lesbians' sexual activity, shown with obscured nudity. And, throw in the normal crude and rude language. About the only thing objectionable for children that was not in this movie was violence. Yippee.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byironkid21 May 31, 2013

Surprisingly hilarious proposal comedy is really entertaining

What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 10 years old May 16, 2013

Edgy content

Language is brief this has edy content
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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