By S. Jhoanna Robledo,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Funny but formulaic comedy has some edgy content.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Some bickering among family members. A man who's been drugged tries to attack another man with an antique harpoon.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Swearing isn't constant but includes one use of "f--k," plus "s--t, "d--k," "ass," "laid," "boobie," "damn," "hell," "oh God," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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).
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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?
PEEPLES has the makings of a decent comedy, and it almost gets there. 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.
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- In theaters: May 10, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: September 10, 2013
- Cast: Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington
- Director: Tina Gordon Chism
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: sexual content, drug material and language
- Last updated: April 9, 2023
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