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…

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