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Peeples Trailer


Wade Walker has been dating Grace Peeples for a year and he's desperate to meet the rest of the family, if only to ask her father for her hand in marriage. However, she still has major reservations about it given that her father is a formidable federal judge. When she jets off to the east coast for her annual family reunion in the Hamptons, Wade bravely follows determined to show his future father-in-law that he is good enough to join them as his daughter's future husband. Things don't go according to plan with an immediate personality clash and several major gaffes on the part of Wade, but he soon learns over the course of a very eventful weekend that there's more to this seemingly perfect family than meets the eye and he's prepared to stand up to them no matter what the consequences.

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Picture - Melvin Van Peebles, Rain Pryor... , Monday 6th August 2012

Melvin Van Peebles Monday 6th August 2012 Melvin Van Peebles, Rain Pryor and Melba Moore Opening night for ‘Rain Pryor: Fried Chicken and Latkes’ at the Actors Temple Theater – Departures. New York City, USA – 0

Picture - Melvin Van Peebles and Rain... , Monday 6th August 2012

Melvin Van Peebles Monday 6th August 2012 Melvin Van Peebles and Rain Pryor Opening night for ‘Rain Pryor: Fried Chicken and Latkes’ at the Actors Temple Theater – Departures. New York City, USA – 0

Picture - Melvin Van Peebles , Sunday 22nd April 2012

Melvin Van Peebles Sunday 22nd April 2012 Broadway opening night afterparty for 'A Streetcar Named Desire', held at the Copacabana night club.

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Picture - Debra Winger and Melvin Van... New York City, USA, Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Debra Winger and Melvin Van Peebles - Debra Winger and Melvin Van Peebles New York City, USA - 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Arrivals Tuesday 2nd December 2008

Baadasssss! Review


Good
Baadasssss! is a rollicking, high-energy, and monumentally-titled film re-creation of the trials and travails of the making of Melvin Van Peeble's 1971 black independent hit Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

The film, based mainly on Melvin Van Peeples' book about making the film, illustrates many of the difficulties that plagued it; from financial troubles and crew infighting, to the demanding logistics of the shoot and family dilemmas, all of which made the entire production nearly fall apart.

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The Hebrew Hammer Review


Weak
It's the curse of the great-pitch movie: They can never live up to the premise. And the funny but sloppy The Hebrew Hammer has a premise to kill for. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is the hero of the title, a badass Orthodox Jew who makes a slight living as a private eye (his door reads "Certified Circumcised Dick") and prowls the streets of Gotham, striking fear into the hearts of anti-Semites and admonishing the kids to "stay Jewish." He rolls like Superfly in an extra-long Cadillac, fully pimped-out, but always observes the Sabbath and loves his mother, of course.

Every superhero needs a supervillain, of course, and this film's answer to that maxim is Andy Dick. Apparently psychotic from birth, Dick plays Damian, the racist son of Santa who kills his more tolerant father and sets about turning the North Pole into a sweatshop, banishing the non-Aryan elves and concocting a diabolical plan to destroy Hanukkah. Not surprisingly, this causes the Jewish Justice League (who hold court in a massive, Star of David-shaped building) no small amount of consternation, and they start casting about for a Jewish hero to fight Damian. Quickly discarding suggestions of Steven Spielberg and Yitzhak Perlman, they reluctantly settle on the Hammer, whom they'd drummed out of the organization long before.

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Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song Review


Grim
Once X-rated and widely reviled, Melvin van Peebles' blaxploitation "classic" still doesn't fare well by either artistic standards or simple good taste, but any student of the genre is well advised to check it out. From the first scene -- in which our hero is scene as a young boy, earning his nickname as he vigorously mounts a hooker -- the film screams of obscenity. From then on, it's typical ghetto themes -- dead white guy, racist cops, Black Panthers, and a little jaunt to Mexico. Viva la Peebles!

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