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Watch Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson In 1st Trailer For 'Peeples'

by Courtney
February 21, 2013 8:12 PM
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We The Peples

Well, here it is, as we expected, after all the character posters and first-look images, the first trailer for Tina Gordon Chism's We The Peeples - now titled Tyler Perry Presents Peeples - which stars Craig RobinsonDavid Alan GrierKerry WashingtonS. Epatha Merkerson, Melvin Van PeeblesDiahann Carroll, and Kali Hawk.

Lionsgate set the release date for May 10, 2013.

Produced by Tyler Perry, Stephanie Allain (also director of the Los Angeles Film Festival) and Paul Hall, the film centers on Robinson's character, a young man enduring the weekend from hell when he surprises his girlfriend by showing up to meet her parents.

The full synopsis for Peeples reads:

Wade Walker is eager to propose to his girlfriend, Grace Peeples. But after a year of living together, the beautiful, successful Grace is still cagey about introducing average guy Wade to her ambitious, upper crust family. So when Grace leaves for an annual reunion at her parents’ swanky Sag Harbor compound, Wade decides to crash the gathering, charm his soon-to-be in-laws and slip a ring on Grace’s finger. However Wade's plans go hilariously awry when he meets the high-powered, seemingly picture-perfect family who’ll do whatever it takes to keep up appearances. Wade soon finds himself caught in a web of white lies and comic dysfunction, and realizes that his only hope of ever marrying Grace means a take-no-prisoners face-off with Judge Peeples, Grace’s disapproving dad who won’t accept anything less than the very best for his favorite daughter.

Chism, who both wrote and directed the film, makes her feature directorial debut with this movie.

Lionsgate has released the first trailer which is embedded below. And let me just say that, while this looks like it could be entertaining, it really should've been released 2 years ago (the project was first announced in the summer of 2010), because after films like Jumping The BroomOur Family Wedding and other similar black marriage romcoms, based on the trailer below, it feels too much like been-there-done-that enough already. But I'll see it:

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  • Lyss | May 19, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    Yes, this movie looks terrible,and there will continue to be movies released for the target audience who sees in black and white(on both sides) who are commenting on this site. It is very sad that it is 2013 and this arguement reflects in film. It's obvious our culture isn't 'ready' for multicultural film. I admit I love romcoms, I just do not find Tyler Perry's type of humor that funny, very forced.

  • jasmine | February 22, 2013 10:34 PMReply

    After seeing Django recently and comparing the two, this looks brillant!

  • sandra | February 22, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    Although this project is not fresh (at all), I'm excited that KW is getting more commercial roles. She really has what it takes for across-the-board appeal.

  • Rarely | February 22, 2013 5:59 PM

    Do actors star in hit shows pulling in millions of viewers weekly and have commercial box office success. I guess if you think she deserves it then so let it be done. Which means he will be worth over 300 million in the next few years. Demanding 20 million up front for roles and no longer do television roles that make her a household name.

  • kool | February 22, 2013 4:31 PMReply

    Looks funny and entertaining, rather see more films like this then a bunch of gun toting, drug dealing, gangster rapping crap shyt that goes STV.

  • You sound like a dumb rapper | February 22, 2013 5:57 PM

    The name says it all. Their are definitely more movies like this every year. Produce by every famous black person interested in producing a film.

  • NO BRAINER | February 21, 2013 11:48 PMReply

    Kinda like "Meet the Parents"?

  • Bee | February 21, 2013 11:16 PMReply

    Knock off of Meet the Parents. While I'm not surprised (this comes from the king of unoriginal, Mr. Tyler Perry), I'm disappointed. Come on, black folks are more original than this. I mean, I get tired of all the same old unoriginal white films like this that come out every year that I never spend a dime on (and occasionally watch via netflix). Shrugs. I might netflix this one, but I likely won't be paying to see it at the movies.

  • Troy | February 22, 2013 5:54 PM

    Do you think it is possible to produce a black rom com that has no stereotypes, common tropes or themes in it? Love or romance is something that has been done I guess not to death. Dating has been covered. Families dealing with significant others has been covered. Commenters on this site seem to abhor anything that depicts ghetto lifestyle as a vehicle to teach universal lessons. Maybe someone can just breakdown the Barack and Michelle love a bunch of different ways. I'm not interested in any love story because they are all pretentious. More pretentious than that are the people that think any race can produce a love story not riddled with cliches. Maybe the guy who wrote notebook and safe haven can make a story about authentic black love that transcends a generation.

  • Mark and Darla | February 21, 2013 9:23 PMReply

    This remind me of deniro and stiller movie (meet the parents)

  • sergio | February 21, 2013 8:53 PMReply

    Looks too WAY too broad with some lame slapstick, but the trailer could be misleading. The real sign if it's possibly good is if they actually screen it to the media before it opens which they NEVER do (with the exception of Colored Girls) for anything with Tyler Perry's name on it

  • sandra | February 22, 2013 4:36 PM

    TP didn't write or direct (just produce- from what I gather), but it still doesn't look that great.

  • Christina | February 21, 2013 8:38 PMReply

    I love it! I agree, that is being a little negative. Why can other races have romcoms come out every season but we can't? This seems funny and like any race could play these characters...which is awesome. Hopefully this pulls a multicultural audience! I'll be watching!

  • Mace | February 22, 2013 5:46 PM

    I don't think directors and casting directors are oing for multicultural audiences when you cast a bunch of journeymen black actors who will never be cross over stars.

  • Yo Cherish | February 22, 2013 5:44 PM

    I would like to see those stereotypes not exist but sadly we can't stop black men from killing each other jut like we can't stop jaded black women from having kids with men that don't want to be with them in the first place.

  • Nadia | February 21, 2013 9:00 PM

    "Why can other races have romcoms come out every season but we can't?" Because 'other races" (I assume you mean whites, since they are the only ones in Hollywood who have romcoms coming out every season as you say), but other races have SO MANY other kinds of movies coming out every season, while black people don't. There's no comparison. And I'ma tell you right now that there's no way this is pulling in a multi-culti audience. It'll be black folks primarily.

  • augustus | February 21, 2013 8:56 PM

    Kevin Hart isn't in it? Woooooooo! Win win!

  • Cherish | February 21, 2013 8:55 PM

    I love romcoms and would love to see more with a Black cast. I just hate when our romcoms rely on Black stereotypes. In your face ones like the Bougie bitchy Black girl who can't find a man or how she needs to lower her standards or overbearing black mothers/women who chase men away. I want to see movies made within our cultural framework without these stereotypes.

  • Darkan | February 21, 2013 8:37 PMReply


  • ALM | February 21, 2013 8:36 PMReply

    Wow....this trailer is not exactly what I expected. The only time I truly laughed is when S. Epatha kept clutching the bottle. I have been waiting on this film's release, and I am super excited for Ms. Chism, but I really thought that this movie would be bringing something different to the table. Also, I am still trying to figure out who thought that Craig Robinson would be a good love interest for Kerry Washington. I understand that Craig is known of his comedic talents, but there has to be chemistry and a believable aspect to a romantic relationship on screen.

  • Yo | February 22, 2013 5:41 PM

    Lookup Gabby Union's ex-husband. Granted he was a pro athlete but the looks difference is similar.

  • Anonymous | February 21, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    Why can't we just be happy that what appear to be quality films with folks of color are being made, even if there's been production delays? I mean, really, this site and the opinions on it seem to be growing more and more negative with each passing week. You're unhappy when "black" films aren't getting made. And you're unhappy when they are. Take a chill pill, give the benefit of a doubt sometimes, and wait until after you've seen something before you rip it to shreds.

  • Troy | February 22, 2013 5:39 PM

    Guess who's coming to dinner or westside story which meet the parents and other stories like this are based on.

  • miktal | February 22, 2013 6:14 AM

    A very good point, Nadia. As everyone has already said, it is a black version of Meet the Parents, PERIOD. Just amazes me how people can get excited over something like this. Even from the trailer the comedy looks forced. PASS.

  • Nadia | February 21, 2013 9:02 PM

    I read this site daily, and there are SOOOO many films they write about that they are excited about, but those posts usually have not a single comment in them. Where are all y'all "Anonymous" commenters on all the other posts? Please. This argument is tired. And this movie looks played out.

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