Wade is a music educator in New York, desperate to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Grace. Grace is preparing to leave town to go up to the Hamptons for Moby Dick Day, an important tradition in her family, and Wade is despondent that he has yet to be invited to join them or even meet her family at all. After Grace leaves, Wade's brother Chris convinces him that her family would love being surprised by his presence, and the best way to propose would be in a family setting. Wade sneaks into the family property, taking a private boat, but he is immediately attacked by the family dog, and he loses his wallet in the process, leaving him unable to treat the family at all or pay his own way. Grace's father, Virgil, is a snooty man of great wealth, and he thinks Wade isn't remotely good enough for his daughter. Wade begins, however, to find out that Grace's family isn't as perfect as they make themselves out to be. Wade finds out that Grace's sister is a closeted lesbian, her younger brother is secretly a kleptomaniac, her mother is a little too hooked on booze and drugs, and Virgil himself has been skinny dipping in the ocean with the female mayor of the town. While Wade continues to keep these secrets to himself, he suffers humiliation time and again, and as Virgil attempts to drive him away, Wade is forced to decide whether to expose the family secrets or leave Grace for good.
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Best part of story, including ending:
It's a well-natured comedy, with plenty of laughs and a sweet demeanor. Robinson and Grier have terrific chemistry as they antagonize one another.
Best scene in story:
Wade encounters one of Grace's ex-boyfriends, who is significantly older than her... or him, for that matter. He unleashes a series of frustrated one-liners afterward, all of which are hysterical.
Opinion about the main character:
Craig Robinson is an affable actor, and Wade's patience with the family even in the face of adversity is an admirable trait.