Movie Review: People Like Us

When I went to see this film, I didn’t know what to expect. I sure didn’t expect this…

People Like Us is a beautiful story of family and difficult, sometimes devastating, life choices.

Chris Pine (Star TrekUnstoppable) plays Sam, whose father (a famous record producer) has just died from cancer. They’ve been estranged for many years. He does not want to return home for the funeral, but his girlfriend Hannah (played by Olivia Wilde) is very persistent.

Sam receives a mysterious request in his father’s will to take care of a sister he didn’t know he had. Sam has to give her $150,000 (secretly socked away in a shaving kit!), even though he himself desperately needs the money. He is torn.

When Sam tracks down his sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), he is unable to reveal who he is. He obsessively tries to learn more about this single mother’s life. In the process, Sam strikes up a relationship with Frankie’s 11-year-old son Josh (played wonderfully by Michael Hall D’Addario).

Sam eventually meets Frankie and befriends her, while holding back the information about the inheritance. As their relationship grows, I could see the emotional train wreck coming a mile away…Frankie was beginning to fall in love with Sam!

Meanwhile, Sam keeps all this from his mother Lillian (Michelle Pfeiffer). But he learns that Lillian knew about Frankie all along…

The film is predictable, but it works well because of strong performances from Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, and especially Michelle Pfeiffer. Early in the film, Frankie makes an almost totally inconsequential remark (which I picked up on) that hints at the ultimate ending of the film. Beautiful! I was left with a big lump in my throat.

People Like Us has received mixed reviews (56% at Rotten Tomatoes). However, I really enjoyed the film and thought it was beautifully made. For that, I give it a rating of…

9/10.

Maybe I’m just an old sap…

Published in: on June 30, 2012 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  

You didn’t have to cut me off

This song captures the essence of my last relationship:

[Gotye:]
Now and then I think of when we were together
Like when you said you felt so happy you could die
Told myself that you were right for me
But felt so lonely in your company
But that was love and it’s an ache I still remember

You can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness
Like resignation to the end, always the end
So when we found that we could not make sense
Well you said that we would still be friends
But I’ll admit that I was glad it was over

But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

Now you’re just somebody that I used to know
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[Kimbra:]
Now and then I think of all the times you screwed me over
But had me believing it was always something that I’d done
But I don’t wanna live that way
Reading into every word you say
You said that you could let it go
And I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know

[Gotye:]
But you didn’t have to cut me off
Make out like it never happened and that we were nothing
And I don’t even need your love
But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough
No you didn’t have to stoop so low
Have your friends collect your records and then change your number
I guess that I don’t need that though
Now you’re just somebody that I used to know

[x2]
Somebody
(I used to know)
Somebody
(Now you’re just somebody that I used to know)

(I used to know)
(That I used to know)
(I used to know)
Somebody

Published in: on June 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm  Leave a Comment