At a dinner celebrating their father’s 70th birthday, tensions among four siblings explode thanks to the success of the youngest son s new novel, a thinly veiled portrait of the family. The best-selling expose reveals the oldest, responsible son as a porn addict, the daughter as a catty drama queen, and the third son as a living disaster with a loony plan to change his life around. And things aren t exactly going so great for the hot new writer due to a bad reaction to a certain men s medication. An all-star cast including Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sarah Silverman (School of Rock), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), Judy Greer (Archer), Kate Mara (127 Hours) and Taraji P. Henson (The Karate Kid) make the hilarious PEEP WORLD the ultimate case of a family in arrested development.



The films opens with Lewis Black as the narrator telling the story of Henry Meyerwitz and his family. They’ve all gathered together for his 70th birthday and it doesn’t look to be a happy affair. Jack is his oldest son. He’s got a wife, Laura, who’s pregnant. He’s the everyman character and would appear to have it all together. Cheri is the artist who hasn’t really decided what she wants to do in life, that is, until the book Peep World came out. She seeks solace in her friend, Ephraim who is a Jews for Jesus nut that hopes to one day get in her pants. Joel is the family’s renegade risk-taker who also takes anything else he wants: drugs, pills, advantage, money from other siblings. He has a girlfriend, Mary who works as a bailiff. Then, there’s Nathan. He’s written a very popular book entitled Peep World.

The acting is strong enough and the pace is kept pretty good, but it always feels like something is missing and I still can’t figure out what it would be. It seems to be one of the many comedies that tries to derive humor from awkward situations and subtle quirks in common situations. Though it’s just a personal preference, that has always kind of bothered me. And the storyline of the horrendously dysfunctional family also feels a bit tired to be, especially as it’s been done to much better effect.

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes and a trailer. What I’m most impressed by is the marvelous 1080p transfer that puts most major studio comedy releases to shame. The same can’t be said for the heavily compressed Dolby 5.1 audio track. For a movie shot on the cheap that seemingly died on the art house circuit, you can’t really expect that much. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans of dark family comedies.



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