Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Barry W. Blaustein|
|Produced by||Keith Calder
Paul O. Davis
|Written by||Peter Himmelstein|
Lesley Ann Warren
Michael C. Hall
Taraji P. Henson
|Narrated by||Lewis Black|
|Music by||Jeff Cardoni|
|Edited by||Evan Schiff
|Distributed by||IFC Films
Peep World is a 2010 American comedy-drama film directed by Barry W. Blaustein and starring an ensemble cast, including Ron Rifkin, Lesley Ann Warren, Ben Schwartz, Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Kate Mara, Judy Greer, Stephen Tobolowsky, Taraji P. Henson, and Alicia Witt.
At a dinner celebrating the 70th birthday of their father Henry Meyerwitz (Ron Rifkin), tensions among the four Meyerwitz siblings explode thanks to the success of the youngest son, Nathan (Ben Schwartz), whose new novel Peep World is a thinly veiled portrait of the family. The best-selling expose reveals the oldest, "responsible" son, Jack (Michael C. Hall), as a porn addict, the daughter, Cheri (Sarah Silverman), as a catty drama queen, and the third son, Joel (Rainn Wilson), as a living disaster with a loony plan to change his life.
The story takes place over the course of a single day. Jack, a struggling architect, is stressed about the well-being of his wife and unborn son. Cheri, an actress, wants to sue Nathan for damages since she is unable to get work. Joel, the incompetent divorce lawyer, juggles mounting financial troubles while maintaining a relationship with his client Mary (Taraji P. Henson). Nathan finds little happiness with his success due to the ongoing turmoil. Jack's wife Laura (Judy Greer) discovers him masturbating in an adult video store. Cheri continues to rant about the book and upcoming movie, but decides to attend the dinner with her religious friend Ephraim (Stephen Tobolowsky). Joel misses Mary's divorce hearing. After being given a shot for premature ejaculation issues, Nathan causes a scene during his book signing with an unwanted erection. After his publicist Meg (Kate Mara) helps him "relieve" his problem, she reluctantly accompanies him to his father's birthday dinner.
The four siblings meet at the restaurant along with their mother Marilyn (Lesley Ann Warren). Everyone is surprised when their father introduces his new girlfriend Amy (Alicia Witt), who is not only half his age, but also the actress playing Cheri in the film adaptation of the book. The family quarrels during dinner. Henry deems his children ungrateful and reveals that Amy is pregnant. Marilyn claims the children always blame someone else for their problems. The dinner ends abruptly when Henry chokes on a piece of food. Jack performs CPR, and the family rushes him to the hospital.
While waiting, Cheri asks, "What do we do if he dies?" Jack replies, "We'll live." A doctor appears to give the family news. A narrator then explains that Henry finally got his family together, though he almost died for that to occur.
- Lewis Black as The Narrator
- Ron Rifkin as Henry Meyerwitz
- Lesley Ann Warren as Marilyn Meyerwitz
- Ben Schwartz as Nathan Meyerwitz
- Michael C. Hall as Jack Meyerwitz
- Sarah Silverman as Cheri Meyerwitz
- Rainn Wilson as Joel Meyerwitz
- Kate Mara as Meg
- Judy Greer as Laura
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Ephraim
- Taraji P. Henson as Mary
- Alicia Witt as Amy Harrison
- David Packer as Eli
- Octavia Spencer as Alison
- Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Novak
- Guillermo Diaz as Jesus
- Troian Avery Bellisario as Film Set P.A.
- Deborah Pratt as Cassandra Williamson
- Leslie Speight as Wizdom
- Raja Fenske as Rajeev
Peep World received negative reviews, only garnering 20% on Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film holds a 27/100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".