"Peeples" is an African-American "Meet the Parents" that slips funnyman
Yeah, that might work. And here, formulaic or not, it's funny.
Robinson plays Wade, an entertainer for kids who sings about learning to "use your words" and not mess your pants. How he ended up with stunning
Until you meet her parents. Not that she's anxious to let Wade meet "the Chocolate Kennedys." She does her family weekends in Sag Harbor without her live-in lover.
But Wade, egged on by his "doll doctor" brother (
The moment he meets her father, "The Judge," he realizes the folly of his plan. Judge Virgil Peeples is played by the criminally underemployed comic
Daphne, his wife (
Daughter Gloria (
She's dated a lot of rich, older men in Sag Harbor. How'd he find out? At the market.
"I met Uncle Ben and Bojangles up in here. Who else did you date?
Writer-director Tina Gordon Chism earned her directing debut with pretty good scripts for "Drumline" and "ATL." She packs this one with amusing characters in awkward, if obvious, situations and makes the most of them.
The laughs follow an overly familiar path, but it's great to see Grier, one of the bright lights of the seminal TV sketch comedy "In Living Color," button down this judge and find ways to break formula and make him hilarious.
And if these Peeples don't make Robinson a comic leading man, they at least predict a comic franchise that Perry can produce without having to don a dress.