To go by the trailer and a clip, Barry W. Blaustein‘s Peep World (IFC Films, 3.25) might be moderately decent or perhaps even good. A cool, high-pedigree cast (Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman, Stephen Tobolowsky, Taraji P. Henson, Judy Greer, Alicia Witt, Lesley Ann Warren, Ron Rifkin), snappy dialogue, dysfunctional family, etc. But the narration style is awful. And the word on the film isn’t so hot.

Michael Rechtshaffen‘s Toronto Film Festival review said it “very much wants to be The Royal Tenenbaums when it grows up.” And also The Celebration, the 1998 Danish Dogme film. “Unfortunately, the ripe setup quickly devolves into sophomoric shtick…[and this] leaves the talented cast high and dry,” he says. “Only Silverman manages to find lasting comic inspiration with Peep World‘s least obnoxious character, relatively speaking.”

That said, a phone-call scene between Hall and Wilson contained on the page isn’t half bad.