Movie Review: Tina Gordon Chism is primarily a screenplay writer until now. This is her directorial debut after penning such screenplays as “ATL” (2006) and “Drumline” (2002). “Peeples” is no spectacular debut.
Wade Walker (Robinson) and Grace Peeples (Washington) are a couple. Their relationship is fine until Wade travels to the Hamptons to ask for Grace’s hand in marriage. Grace’s father, Judge Virgil Peeples (Grier), clearly dislikes Wade and tries his best to show Wade is not correct for his daughter.
The plot is a thinly veiled script that tries to makes itself complex via over characterizations. Each player in this film is oddly disjointed to where one wonders if this is a family outing or mental institution. The lamest of comedies needs one grounded character.
Washington (“Django” and “Scandal”) is supposed to be that person, but she cannot help or ground this joke as she plays second fiddle to the antics of Robinson and Grier’s characters. As the movie becomes theirs, she fades. She is a talented and beautiful woman, yet she could do little to save this pitiful piece.
As a comedy, “Peeples” barely surfaces as funny. Based on the final scenes, a romance is a better indicator of what it should be — too late for that one.
Grade: C- (Not the best ‘peeples.’)