Is Peep World the Closest to an Arrested Development Movie You're Going to Get?
Stop me if this sounds familiar: Four siblings suffering from varying degrees of dysfunction try to win the approval of their domineering and outspoken father, all while a relatively famous person narrates the sitcom antics that ensue. It's Arrested Development, right? Try Peep World, Barry Blaustein's familial comedy that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last September.
As narrator Lewis Black tells everyone, Peep World is about the Meyerowitz siblings -- played in order of fame by Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Movieline hero Ben Schwartz -- and the fallout that happens after the youngest (Schwartz) writes a tell-all novel about the eccentric clan. Secrets are spilled, relationships are frayed, and Judy Greer shows up to flash her chest and yell "Spring Break!" OK, that last part isn't true -- it's just that I got confused again thinking of Arrested Development. And why not? With Mitch Hurwitz continually treating the AD movie like a carrot on a stick to fans, I'll take whatever facsimile of the Bluth Family I can take. And so will you.
VERDICT: Has anyone in this family ever even seen a chicken?