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Continued: Reviewed in brief: 'Something in the Air'

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  • Last update: May 9, 2013 - 3:21 PM

“Peeples” is an African-American “Meet the Parents” that slips funnyman Craig Robinson into the Ben Stiller role. And here, formulaic or not, it’s funny. Robinson plays Wade, an entertainer for kids. How he ended up with stunning U.N. lawyer Grace (Kerry Washington) as his girlfriend takes a bit of imagination. Until you meet her parents. On a surprise visit to her family's place in Sag Harbor, Wade meets Grace's father, Judge Virgil Peeples, played by the criminally underemployed comic David Alan Grier. The rest of the family includes a retired soul singer with substance-abuse issues (S. Epatha Merkerson), a young kleptomaniac (Tyler James Williams) and a TV reporter with secrets (Kali Hawk). Robinson (“The Office,” “Hot Tub Time Machine”) is in his ease here, surrounded by funny people so that he doesn’t have to carry the movie. But reacting to every new discovery about the Peepleses, and about his girlfriend’s secret past, he’s a stitch. Tyler Perry produced “Peeples,” and he could take notes on how to make a lowdown, broad farce that’s never too low or too broad.
Roger Moore, McClatchy News Service

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