Wasted Cast, Wasted Crew, Wasted Time
Release Date: May 17, 2013
Starring: Craig Robinson, Kerry
Washington, David Alan Grier,
S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler
James Williams, Melvin Van
Peebles, Diahann Carroll,
Malcolm Barrett, Kali Hawk,
Ana Gasteyer, Kimrie
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 95 minutes
Distributor: Lionsgate Films
Director: Tina Gordon Chism
Executive Producer: Michael Paseornek, Preston
Holmes, Charles S. Dutton,
Producer: Tyler Perry, Stephanie Allain,
Paul Hall, Ozzie Areu, Matt
Writer: Tina Gordon Chism
Address Comments To:Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate Films AKA Lions Gate Films (Summit Entertainment/Roadside Attractions)
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200; Fax: (310) 255-3870
The movie tells the story of Wade Walker and Grace Peeples, a cohabitating but loving couple with one major problem. After a year together, Grace still hasn’t introduced Wade to her upper-crust family, including her judgmental, no-nonsense father, Virgil, a federal judge.
When Grace decides to visit her family without him one weekend at the family’s ocean-side home, Wade decides to surprise them by traveling there alone. Not only that, but he hopes to propose to Grace in front of them all.
Try as he might, Wade makes a bad impression from the start. Making matters worse, his proposal plans keep getting interrupted by the family’s own dysfunctional relationships. This is a family that has trouble telling the truth to each other. The father secretly enjoys unwinding at night with a group of nudists. The mother secretly uses her garden for healthfood drinks laced with marijuana or psychedelic mushrooms. The son is a secret kleptomaniac who borrows things from the other family members without telling them. The daughter is having a lesbian relationship with her co-worker and “best friend.”
Things go from bad to worse when Wade’s goofy brother arrives to help Wade pop the question. Then, Grace’s mother accuses Wade of stealing some diamond earrings that her son borrowed without telling anyone.
PEEPLES contains jokes about children urinating on themselves, lesbian proclivities, men being “turned on” by lesbian behavior, drugs, accidentally taking a drug, seeing your future father-in-law naked, suggestive dancing, and suggestive song lyrics. Some of these jokes are implied or kept light rather than explicitly shown, so that the movie can retain a PG-13 rating from the six studios running Hollywood. One or two bawdy or slightly inappropriate jokes or innuendoes admittedly can be funny and sometimes even witty, but a bunch of them aren’t really funny, and, ultimately, just become annoying. If they lack any kind of wit or intelligent, they can be deadly.
PEEPLES also has lots of PG-13 foul language. In addition, it clearly views the sister’s eventual coming out as a lesbian a good thing, even though the Bible, God’s Word, thoroughly condemns homosexual behavior as wicked (see Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:24-27).
All this leads up to a strong Romantic, pagan worldview that promotes personal “expression” above morality, feelings above reason and logic, and acceptance and tolerance above judgment and wisdom. One line encourages the mother to go back to rehab, the son is commanded to stop taking things without permission, and the hero’s girlfriend is chastised for trying to hide her love for the hero from her family. However, these rather light positive elements cannot bring PEEPLES back into alignment with biblical principles and values. Media-wise viewers and discerning, more demanding moviegoers will find PEEPLES a waste of cast, a waste of crew, and a waste of time.
PEEPLES contains too many lightly crude or lewd jokes and slightly too much foul language to be really funny. There’s very little wit on display, which might make the jokes and innuendoes less annoying. There are also a couple comical references to drugs. Finally, the movie favors people “coming out” as homosexuals to their families. Media-wise viewers probably will think PEEPLES is a waste of time and excessive.