One Minute Movie Review: ‘People Like Us’
August 8, 2012 by cd
From DreamWorks Pictures comes “People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks.
PEOPLE LIKE US
Main Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Jon Favreau, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde
Supporting Cast: Brian Graham, Devin Brochu, Mark Duplass, Philip Baker Hall
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Distributed by: Columbia Pictures
MTRCB Rating: PG
Movie Info: From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about his family-and re-examine his own life choices in the process. –Dreamworks
The Positive: Brilliant actors plus an engaging script make ‘People Like Us’ a compelling drama about family complications. It’s the first movie of 2012 that got me a little bit teary-eyed.
The Negative: Soap-opera-ish.
STARMOMETER SCORE: 8/10
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