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Film review

‘Peeples’ formula is familiar but comedy still enjoyable

From left, Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier star in the comedy “Peeples.”
Photographer: Nicole Rivelli/Lionsgate
From left, Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier star in the comedy “Peeples.”
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"Peeples” is an African-American “Meet the Parents” that slips funnyman Craig Robinson into the Ben Stiller role. Casting the musically minded Robinson in this formula comedy about screwing up your first encounter with your potential in-laws is like replacing Stiller’s Greg Focker with Jack Black.

Yeah, that might work. And here, formulaic or not, it’s funny.

Robinson plays Wade, an entertainer for kids who sings songs about learning to “use your words” and not ...

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