Movie Review: Peeples

“Peeples” is the latest dramatic comedy from notable filmmaker Tyler Perry. Craig Robinson of “The Office” fame takes a sharp turn away from his easygoing character, Daryl, and plays the film’s hopeful romantic lead, Wade Walker. Wade is in love with a successful and beautiful woman named Grace Peeples, played by the lovely Kerry Washington. Grace is a daddy’s girl through and through, and her deep attachment to her family is an important part of her personal identity. Wade recognizes and appreciates this in spite of not having an equally close relationship with his own family.

The story begins with Wade’s efforts to propose to Grace ending up in a constant series of frustrations. In fact, he begins to think his beloved is purposely sabotaging his attempts to ask for her hand in marriage. What’s more, in spite of her close relationship with her family and her father in particular, Grace has yet to introduce Wade to her family. Understandably nervous, Wade sets out on a well-intentioned if poorly executed plan to crash the annual Peeples family reunion to ask for Grace’s hand in marriage while surrounded by her beloved family.

As can be expected, the plan goes horribly awry. The Peeples are a close-knit clan of wealthy and beautiful professionals and overachievers. David Alan Grier plays Grace’s father, Virgil Peeples, a man who’s climbed his way up both the professional and the social ladders to rest in his seat as a federal judge. Following in her father’s footsteps, Grace is a successful attorney working with the United Nations on a variety of important international affairs. The rest of the family is sprinkled with socialites and professionals who have excelled in their fields to the point where the Peeples family reunion could easily be the scene of a major press conference.

Wade begins to lament his humble profession as a children’s entertainer and teacher. At first, he makes the mistake of trying to fit in with the illustrious Peeples clan, which of course results in disaster. Wade has the clarity of an outsider’s view, so he’s able to see beyond what meets the eye and right into the flaws of the seemingly perfect family members.

“Peeples” is fraught with tension as Wade struggles to navigate the new and intimidating world of his hopeful in-laws. Craig Robinson plays a refreshingly optimistic and proactive role that sharply contrasts with his character Daryl from “The Office.” Fans of Robinson will enjoy seeing him in the shoes of the romantic hero, which he wears quite well. Wade Walker is a relatable leading man, possessing neither the career path nor the physique viewers would expect of a hero. Instead, he gets the girl through his charm, his humor, and a nurturing spirit.

One of the most relatable aspects of the movie is Wade’s ability to see through the perfectly crafted veneers of the Peeples family. The major moral of “Peeples” is no family is perfect, and it’s the relationships that bind families together, even more than their collective successes. The supporting cast is charming, with plenty of comic relief via Malcolm Barrett, playing Wade’s brother, and Melvin Van Peebles, starring as Grandpa Peeples. Wade’s brother comes in as both a form of backup and a liability, and Grandpa Peeples serves as a welcome reminder of the family’s humble beginnings.

Tyler Perry’s regular character Madea is notably missing from his latest film, an absence that could be seen as a blessing or a curse depending on the viewer. Madea’s over-the-top antics would leave a comedic vacuum if it weren’t for a charming and witty supporting cast.

Another winning aspect of the film is David Alan Grier’s performance as Virgil. The overprotective dad is forced to take a journey toward self-enlightenment in addition to realizing his family is changing. He eventually learns that letting go of his adult daughter doesn’t mean losing her but rather gaining a new member of the family. While he is reluctant to get to know Wade at first and would rather summarily judge him as he’s used to doing in his day job, he finally concedes to the fact that everyone is entitled to a fair trial, sons-in-law included.

Fans of Tyler Perry movies will be satisfied with “Peeples” despite that it’s missing Perry’s iconic character, Madea. They might even come to love the Peeples family as much as Perry’s regulars do. With plenty of family drama, hidden secrets, and lots of laughs, “Peeples” is a sure induction into the Tyler Perry hall of fame.

Enjoying Movie Magic Without Leaving Home

The digital age has transformed entertainment for exclusive experiences that could only be found by going out to the movies into an experience that can be shared and enjoyed everyday. There once was a time when the moviegoer would line up to see the latest spectacular creation of movie magic and special effects that could only be enjoyed in its full theatrical brilliance by sitting in a darkened theatre and seeing the images on a 30 foot screen dancing before their eyes as the surround sound speakers transmitted music and sound effects through the auditorium vibrating the seats and stimulating the senses.

With the advances in digital television and high definition products saturating the market almost everyone can recreate the movie going experience in their own home. The adaptation of surround sound speaker systems that deliver crisp tones and basses in concert with a big screen television have led to a home theatre revolution. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can affordably recreate the experience of going to a movie in their living room, but it takes a true professional to design and create a custom installation of home theater system that transforms ordinary television watching into a feast for the senses.

In the upscale neighborhoods of New York home theater systems incorporate the dedication of an entire room to the viewing of high definition entertainment. In addition to professionally installed screens and custom designed sound systems these movie rooms often incorporate theater style seating with large oversized chairs, individually arranged and sometimes staggered in two rows with plenty of leg and elbow room, for viewers to enjoy. These elaborate viewing rooms bring all of the sights and sounds of spectacular movie productions from the big screen right into the home.

Cheap Decorating Ideas – Movie Decor and Media Rooms

If you are looking for cheap ways to decorate a room, movie decor is an easy, fun, and cheap way to go. You can decorate a child’s bedroom, play rooms, home theater rooms, and theme rooms with movie memorabilia and posters. Plastering your favorite rock star, movie star, and movies is also a great way to add personality to a room. You can get memorabilia and posters for very cheap compared to other decorating techniques and styles, and it is also much easier to put up, take down, and change often.

Decorate a room dedicated to the wonder and magic of Walt Disney. Put up classic pictures and posters of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, and Pinocchio. Find figurines of Jiminy Cricket, Mickey and Minnie, and Donald Duck and place them on your shelves and bookcases, and show off your love for Disney and the classics.

Are you one of those music groupies? Then you need to put up HUGE posters of all your favorite rock stars, especially since half of them from the eighties are on their comeback tours! But do not just put a few up and call it good; completely PLASTER every last inch of your walls! That is the only way to be a true fanatic and groupie. Remember the next time you go to the concert to get your biggest poster signed, and then put it in a frame. That way you can write “I love you” all over it with your lipstick. Unless your a boy, then it might be creepy.

This next idea is for the animaniacs. Who loves Pixar? I think just about everyone, but if you are a 2-D or 3-D soon-to-be animator, you NEED to show how much you love Toy Story! Also, if you are a huge animation geek, try to find the posters for the Pixar shorts, not all of them are easy to find! You can then put a huge entrance rug of Buzz Lightyear or Mr. Incredible in the room to welcome all of the visitors to Pixarville!

Basically, if you are looking for ways to decorate for cheap, movie and media decor is the way to go, no question. It is also perfect for decorating dorm rooms as well, so if you, your sibling, or any of your children are heading into their dorm for the first time, get them a dorm warming present! The possibilities are endless, and I hope I got your mind turning of what would make the best room decor for you.