Wade (Craig Robinson) is the perfect boyfriend. He’s sweet. He’s loyal. Kids love him. But he hasn’t found his way professionally just yet. ”Wade is a good dude who wants to marry his girlfriend, Grace [Kerry Washington],” says Robinson. ”And he’s on a mission to show her family that she’s got a winner here.” So in true comedic-hero form, Wade crashes Grace’s weekend with her family at their lavish Sag Harbor, N.Y., estate to meet her folks and ask for her hand. But Grace hasn’t even told her family she has a boyfriend. ”Grace loves Wade very much, but fears that they won’t accept him,” says Washington. ”Her family is ambitious and upper-crust. She’s nervous about these worlds colliding.” Adds director Tina Gordon Chism: ”[Wade is] a very honest person and he loves to share in an honest way, which is sort of in opposition to how the Peeples operate.”
The result? Wade’s presence unleashes all manner of Meet the Parents-style shenanigans. And soon all the Peeples’ dirty little secrets start coming out: drugs, plastic surgery, you name it. ”For a family so invested in appearances, they have a lot going on beneath the surface,” says Washington. Even Grace’s serious, scholarly, Moby-Dick-obsessed father (David Alan Grier) has a hidden wild side. See? No family is perfect.