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Peeples – VOD
Rating: 3 (out of 5). Peeples. Wade Walker crashes the Peeples reunion in the Hamptons, and asks for their daughter Grace’s hand in marriage. Wade then spends a fun, surprising and dysfunctional weekend with the whole family, and discovers that, despite differences, there is room for all kinds of Peeples in this family. The critics don’t love this comedy but, as USA Today says, it is “predictable but still welcoming.” The reviews are below.
The film is also availalbe on Amazon.
Starring: Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, Kerry Washington, S. Epatha Merkerson
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Los Angeles Times describes the movie as “… an infectious, warm comedy of family and communication and a promising debut as writer-director for Chism. These “Peeples” are people one should be happy to meet.”
The New York Times says, “Revelations unfold predictably, but the subplots cohere and the assured pacing offers a stark contrast with the often disjointed tempos of Mr. Perry’s mosaics. And Ms. Chism, who also wrote the screenplay, avoids Mr. Perry’s judgmental, often severe brand of tough love, embracing instead a more benign stance of forgiveness and acceptance.”
The Austin Chronicle thinks, “There’s not much here you haven’t already seen in similarly themed comedies like Wedding Crashers and Meet the Parents, and writer/director Tina Gordon Chism (who previously scripted the standout Drumline) doesn’t show the same verve with memorably outrageous set-pieces. But she’s good at low-key, observational humor, and the all-around excellent cast swings with aplomb from silly to sweet.”
USA Today says, “’Peeples’ is predictable but still welcoming.”
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Peeples, a likable if not exactly groundbreaking comedy, doesn’t get much deeper than that. But Tina Gordon Chism’s debut feature does point out the hypocrisy grown-ups are capable of – hiding secrets, hiding their feelings, even hiding valuable property from one another.”
The Boston Globe notes, “Chism shows talent and shrewd instincts in the timing and direction of the comedy — she handles the requisite dinner table disaster scene with aplomb.”
The Village Voice says, “Chism deserves commendation for crafting a farcical work that feels like it concerns real characters.”
Variety notes, ““Peeples” is rather unconcerned with even approximating actual human behavior en route to setting up its setpieces, which often works to its benefit. Many of the film’s best bits arise from scenarios that are unexplained, or introduced so flat-footedly that they might as well be, while the most strenuously orchestrated, long-lead punchlines often dissipate into sad little laughless dribbles.”
The Christian Science Monitor writes, “The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester’s disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing.”, and gives the movie a C+ rating.
Chicago Sun-Times thinks, “While “Peeples” follows a very predictable course as a romantic comedy and does not break any ground in that genre of filmmaking, this movie is more engaging than you might expect.”
Entertainment Weekly gives “Peeples” a C+ rating, and further notes, “Director Tina Gordon Chism keeps the innocuous class-meets-crass jokes bubbling, and the actors are amiable, but Peeples often seems to want to turn these characters into benignly goofy role models. Maybe that’s why the basic comic collision never explodes.”
New York Magazine says, “But while it’s predictable, contrived, and awkward, the scene still kinda sorta almost works, in part thanks to Robinson’s charming presence; the actor finds a way to let his joy carry over to the audience.”
New York Post observes, “It’s a good-natured broad comedy, episodic and sitcom-ish (without Perry’s trademark soapiness). It’s also largely without a plot, which gives it the sense of a 30-minute situation stretched way too far.”
New York Daily News thinks, “The movie might as well be called “Meet the Peeples” since there’s no denying the comparisons to Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro as our fumbling hero and his unforgiving father-in-law. But the stars here put their own stamp on the silliness, no matter how inevitably it unfolds.”
The Hollywood Reporter concludes, “The actors manage to draw a few laughs from leaden material as Tyler Perry Presents Meet the Parents.”
Slant Magazine calls the movie “an initially funny but ultimately measly variation on Meet the Parents.”
The Arizona Republic writes, “Scenes thrown together randomly make a movie hard to follow, too. Reading that first sentence is what watching “Peeples” is like. The elements are all there. They’re just thrown together in haphazard fashion. A funny scene here, an attempt at a touching scene there, toss, repeat randomly, the end.”
TimeOut New York gives the show 2 out of 5 stars, and writes, “… this attempt at male-anxiety cringe-comedy is little more than a sitcom writ large that—courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black—already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks, “With such a terrific cast (which also includes legends Melvin Van Peebles and Diahann Carroll as the grandparents and Malcolm Barrett as Wade’s brother), this Tyler Perry production is doubly disappointing.”
The Times-Picayune rates the movie 1 out of 5 stars, and writes why: “The cookie-cutter script is painfully generic at every turn and woefully devoid of any real laughs.”
RogerEbert.com gives “Peeples” 3 stars, and further writes, “The sign of a good comedy is whether you laugh. Coupled with my enjoyment of the performances, I laughed enough to give “Peeples” three stars.”
A.V. Club gives the movie a B- rating, and further notes, “It’s a formulaic comedy that wants nothing more than to be funny and to present likable characters who seem like real people. For the most part, it succeeds—which makes it one of the smartest and most accomplished films to emerge from under the Perry banner.”
Movie Nation writes, “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.”
Film.com gives the movie a 6.5 out of 10 rating, and further thinks, ““Peeples” saves itself from a complete belly flop, by the barest of margins, by leaning heavily on its initial strength of good-natured charm. This is an impossible film to hate, it’s nowhere near awful enough, and it passes the time in an acceptably speedy manner.”
According to IndieWire, “The cast alone deserves to be recognized more than the notes of “Speak It, Don’t Leak It.” And yet, here I am, humming it.”
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Here are the new VOD films for the week of December 3, 2013. Click on a movie title for more information, trailers and reviews.
The Wolverine. Rating: 4 (out of 5). Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine, in this tale that takes him back to Japan where he is forced to face his own demons. Watch for it on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3. The WashingtonPost calls it “A refreshing summer cocktail of action-movie staples.” Reviews, video and more.
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Clary Fray, a seemingly normal teenage girl, learns that she is no ordinary human being. Adapted from the book of the same title by Cassandra Clare, she discovers that she is a daughter of Shadowhunters, a race of half-angel beings tasked to protect our world from demons. This film’s VOD will be released starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “On the surface, Mortal Instruments is a slick teen thriller. Just overbaked and unoriginal.” Reviews, video and more.
Things Never Said. Rating: (3 out of 5). Kalindra Stepney, an aspiring poetess, is having some problems with her marriage and sparks a relationship with a new man, who inspires her to once again find her artistic voice. The film is available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “The result may not be a big movie, but Things Never Said makes a big emotional impact.” On the other hand, Roger Ebert calls it a“soapy melodrama.” Reviews, video and more.
Crave. Rating: 3 (out of 5). Aiden (Josh Lawson), a crime scene photographer, haunted by the decay and violence around him, retreats into his inner dark world. When he meets Virginia, a younger woman with her own demons, Aiden becomes increasingly emboldened to live out his vigilante fantasies. Crave will be available on VOD starting Friday, December 6th. Reviews, video and more.
Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers. Rating: 3 (out of 5). A documentary about a gang of Balkan jewel thieves known as The Pink Panthers that have stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo. The film delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them. Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. According to The Washington Post, the director “knows how to get, and hold, a viewer’s attention.” Reviews, video and more.
Jobs. Rating: 2 (out of 5). Ashton Kutcher stars as Steve Jobs in this film that tells the story of Job’s ascension from college dropout to one of the leading technological leaders of our time. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The San Francisco Chronicle sums up most of the reviews when it writes, , “at its best, it's a good picture, and at its worst, it's almost good.” Reviews, video and more.
The Smurfs 2. Rating: 2 (out of 5). The Smurfs are back, and this time, they are out to rescue Smurfette, who is kidnapped by the evil Gargamel. It turns out she knows a secret spell that can turn the sorcerer’s latest creation, The Naughties, into real Smurfs. The film will be available on VOD starting Tuesday, December 3rd. The Los Angeles Times calls it “a passable mediocrity.” Reviews, video and more.
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