First official trailer for Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson in "Peeples"

While it has the three words I’ve come to equate with terribly unfunny movies — “Tyler Perry Presents” — his latest production “Peeples” starring Kerry Washington and Craig Robinson actually looks like it could be … hilarious.

The film is written/directed by Tina Gordon Chism, who wrote the screenplays for the solid “ATL” and “Drumline” and making her directorial debut here. This is exactly the type of expansion Perry should be doing at this point in his career. Using his name to get up and coming talent their opportunity to create their own mark. Scandal's Kerry Washington Peeples teaser poster

Few quick thoughts:

I love seeing Craig Robinson headline his own film and not playing the sidekick or “the funny black guy” role here.

If the entire trailer was a shot of “schoolgirl” Kerry Washington it still would have been enough to convince a lot of guys to check it out.

I can’t believe I’m so old that David Allen Grier is playing the grey-haired father. Did “Boomerang” really come out in 1992?

“Peeples” is set for release May 10 – a terrible release date as that just marks a week after “Iron Man 3” arrives. The Marvel Studio films typically keep the top spot in the box office for at least three weeks — “Iron Man 2” — had a $128 million opening weekend and followed that with a $52 million second weekend.

And with “IM3” being the summer movie season’s first blockbuster, audiences are going to see that in droves, which could unfairly make “Peeples” look like a bomb going up against such a proven franchise. Perry’s “Madea” franchise saw its second highest edition with last year’s “Madea Goes to Jail,” which brought in $65.6 total. I’ll be very interested in what Lionsgate considers a success for “Peeples” otherwise it could prevent future Chism’s from getting their chance.

  • Barry Murray

    Lol. I couldn’t believe David Allen Grier was the “old guy” in that trailer! I always have him in my head as the newscaster in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”(And that came out 25 years ago!!!!).
    Remembering that takes me back to a time of VCR’s and cassette rentals, where you saw the previews of “coming soon to videocassette” at the beginning of a rental and kept the trailers alive in your memory till the video was available to rent at blockbuster…
    Back on topic, i am really hoping The Peeples gets a release over here. It looks very funny.

  • You took it back even further than me! It’s funny now with trailers my first instinct is to skip them largely because some tend to ruin most of the movie. Hoping that’s not the case with this one.

  • Barry Murray

    There are more than one type of trailers. I find they generally swing one of two ways. One type throws in all the action set pieces(Or jokes), in an attempt to make audiences want to come and see them, but in adding *all the “good bits*, ruining them for a diehard fan(People like you and i who are then *watching intently* for those things to happen once we get to the cinema).
    The other type of trailer subtly shows you very little, hoping to snag you with intrigue when the final product might have been better served with a different style of trailer. Gattaca, one of my all time favourite movies, has the lousiest trailer ever.
    I am always in awe of when a clever director allows BIG scenes to NOT be shown in the trailer, or enigmatically compells you to come see the movie. .
    Here’s hoping The Peeples is not a comedy that wears it’s best gags on it’s trailer.

  • Christopher Nolan and J.J. Abrams are pretty good about giving us vague trailers but still making us want to go see their films. No coincidence they’re two of my favorite directors.

  • Barry Murray

    I think very successful directors have an eye for what works.
    I love how The Avengers never showed us much of the MKVII suit or the Helicarrier. Less is more.

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