On the day of their Father’s 70th birthday party, four siblings come to terms with the publication of a novel written by the youngest sibling.
Peep World looks at one of the ultimate, not only dysfunctional, but nasty families in the universe. The patriarch is Ron Rifkin, who is perfectly horrible, I mean he’s a lovely actor playing a real creep. We’ve got Michael C. Hall, who plays the oldest son who is always the nice guy although his career is falling apart as is his marriage. His wife, Judy Greer, is pregnant. Then we have the sister, Sherri, who is Sarah Silverman at her nastiest. We’ve also got the black sheep of the family, Joel, who is played by Rainn Wilson. He’s actually better in this than anything I’ve ever seen him in. And the ex-wife, Marilyn, who is Leslie Anne Warren. The idea is that they’re all getting together to celebrate dad’s 70th birthday, and dad, to make things even worse, is wealthy as well as nasty dating a young actress whom he has impregnated. We sort of find out everything about them, and the whole thing is exacerbated by the fact that the youngest son, who is played by Ben Schwartz, has published a book called Peep World, which is a thinly described autobiography that basically shares all the family secrets. So everybody is very unhappy about this. The whole thing is narrated by Lewis Black, who adds a certain sleazy quality to it. This is kind of, I mean it’s sort of interesting in a horrible kind of way. It’s a little bit of a shaggy dog story, but you’re just seeing people that are actors that you’re used to seeing in other roles and playing other ways. So it was kind of fun. Is it a great movie…no. Is it going to be around at Oscar time, of course not, but is it kind of fun. I’d give it two and a half stars, maybe a little generous, but nevertheless.