Second-rate Meet the Parents–style farce with David Alan Grier Reviews

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The great David Alan Grier deserves to headline a big-time summer comedy—albeit one superior to this second-rate Meet the Parents–style farce. Grier’s Judge Virgil Peeples is a demanding paterfamilias who frowns mightily upon Wade (The Office’s Craig Robinson) – the new beau of his daughter, Grace (Kerry Washington) – for crashing a family get-together at his summer home. Over the course of a weekend, Wade is molested by a dog, burns down a sacred tepee and hallucinates, all while Virgil steams at this interloper’s bumbling attempts to ask for Grace’s hand in marriage and thus integrate himself into the upper-class clan. Familial secrets are eventually cast into the light, albeit via uniformly underlit and ungainly direction by Tina Gordon Chism. Still, Grier’s comedic timing remains spot-on, and his rapport with Robinson is often pleasingly prickly. But defined by Three’s Company – grade humour – courtesy of several awkward transitional fades to black – already feels constructed to accommodate commercial breaks.

By Nick Schager
Time Out Doha,


  • Duration: 95
  • Released: Thu, 01 Aug
  • Classification: 18+
  • Language: English
  • Director: Tina Gordon Chism
  • Stars: Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson, Tyler James Williams, Melvin Van Peebles, Diahann Carroll

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Posted by: buffiluv on 11 Sep ' 13 at 07:11

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