Playing like the pilot for a sitcom that attempts to meld Arrested Development
with The Royal Tenenbaums
, Barry Blaustein’s Peep World
takes a very long time to get to its best elements -- and then, just as it gets there, the credits roll.
The Meyerwitz family is a living, breathing case study in dysfunction, and the hatred, bitterness, and recriminations threaten to boil over as the clan gathers for the annual birthday party thrown in honor of unctuous patriarch Henry (Ron Rifkin), a wealthy construction baron. What has everyone on edge is the publication of “Peep World,” a truthful, and thinly veiled, novel about their family’s messed...