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'Peeples' is clunky, but star Craig Robinson is entertaining

'Peeples' is predictable, but Robinson keeps many of the movie's gags from collapsing.

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'Peeples' stars Kerry Washington (l.), Craig Robinson (c.), and David Alan Grier (r.).

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A Tyler Perry presentation written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism, “Peeples” is a disarming and innocuous comedy about Wade (Craig Robinson), a professional children’s entertainer who crashes the annual family reunion of his high-powered lawyer girlfriend, Grace (Kerry Washington), at the family’s tony estate in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

The premise is that Grace, fearing the disapproval of her severely judgmental judge of a father (David Alan Grier), has been keeping her relationship with the underachieving Wade under wraps. All that changes when he makes his entrance at the reunion, with predictable results.

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The slapstick is often clunky, but Robinson has a sweet jester’s disposition that keeps many of the gags from collapsing. Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for sexual content, drug material and language.)