From The Office to Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, comedian Craig Robinson has been stealthily stealing scenes, regularly knocking it out of the park in supporting roles. In 2010, he memorably co-starred in the hit time-traveling sex-comedy Hot Tub Time Machine alongside John Cusack, and now he's headlining his own the upcoming comedy, called Peeples.
Formerly known as We The Peeples, it stars Robinson as a child psychologist who desperately wants to marry his lovely girlfriend (Kerry Washington). She's game, but first he must ask her hand from her very hard to please father played by David Alan Grier. When the couple goes to meet his future in-laws, this shrink discovers the Peeples family is far loonier than any of his patients. Get a glimpse at the mayhem below in the film's first trailer, courtesy of Moviefone:
Peeples marks the directorial debut of Tina Gordon Chism, who previously penned the Nick Cannon vehicle Drumline and the coming-of-age drama ATL. With Tyler Perry producing and presenting this comedy, it seems destined for box office success, so maybe it doesn't really matter that this trailer is crudely cut and overall pretty weak. Right now Peeples looks like an unimaginative Meet the Parents remake. Here Grier plays the intimidating, scornful father, who in this instance prefers skinny-dipping to a lie detector when it comes to soon-to-be son-in-law torture tactics.
Based on this trailer, my hopes aren't terribly high for Peeples. But I like Robinson, so I'll pulling for him to make the best of the leading man opportunity he's been working so hard for. But I think he deserves better.
Peeples opens May 10th. Posters via Imp Awards.
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