This Rotten Week: Predicting The Great Gatsby And Peeples Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-05-05 11:39:00discussion comments
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Anyone who listens to Adam Carolla’s podcast knows he’s posited the question: what spurs more critical distaste? "Tyler Perry Presents..." or "M. Night Shyamalan Presents..." It’s an interesting debate as both filmmakers inspire so very little these days. M. Night’s last five vehicles (directed or produced) average around 28% while Perry’s sit in the neighborhood of 24%. One major difference being Shyamalan has taken breaks to spread out his stink over the better part of the last decade while Perry continues his never-ending onslaught of critical disapproval. Another difference is M. Night has a few early critical wins under his belt while Perry has been fairly consistently terrible. Regardless, when their names pop on the screen, nothing short of a collective groan is expected from those just expecting a hint of relevancy in an upcoming film.

And while Perry didn’t write or direct this film, his name is still on that marquee so we’re (sort of) forced to spend a beat or two talking about the dude. For this film he left the “creative” angle to first-time director Tina Gordon Chism, whose experience includes penning the screenplays for ATL (62%) and Drumline (82%). Those two scores might begin to counterbalance the “Perry Effect” but then we glance at the “comedic” material and it all goes back to square one.

This film looks recycled from a number of other “meeting-the-fiance-for-the-first-time” comedies. Craig Robinson is the well-meaning, quasi-f@#$ up just looking for a little love from his girl’s family. David Alan Grier is the tough-as-nails father-in-law who who doesn’t want to give his baby girl away. If it sounds familiar you’re not alone, because it looks like an exact rip-off of Meet the Parents, right down to the family pet playing a prominent role. And while Robinson and Grier are funny dudes, I don’t think they’ll be enough to overcome the entire production’s lack of creativity. It all goes to show that when Perry’s name’s attached, little critical love follows. The Rotten Watch for Peeples is 39%


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