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…


Maybe I’m just an old sap…

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

Villains Who Were Right All Along

What a funny article! I love this paragraph:

Anheuser didn’t simply wake up one day and think to himself “Today, I shall be a massive dickcheese for no good reason.” When he closed the entrance to the arks, it was because a mile-long tsunami was coming their way, threatening to violently flush humanity’s last hope down earth’s crapper. It was either the few thousand people outside, or the few hundred thousand inside, and someone had to make that call. Luckily, Anheuser wasn’t born with a burnt sack of crap where his brain should be.

And this one:

There certainly is a major villain in The Rock but it’s not General Hummel. Ironically, it’s the U.S. government, something you wouldn’t expect in a movie by Michael “Star Spangled ‘Splosion” Bay. Hummel was only doing this in the first place because the government used him and his troops for illegal clandestine missions all over the world. But Uncle Sam wouldn’t spare a counterfeit wooden nickel for the families of soldiers who died during those missions. For some reason Hummel had a problem with that.

And this piece of dialogue is, oh, so true:

Mufasa: Everything you see exists together, in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance, and respect all the creatures– from the crawling ant to the leaping antelope.

Simba: But Dad, don’t we eat the antelope?

Mufasa: Yes, Simba, but let me explain. When we die, our bodies become grass. And the antelope eat the grass. And so we are all connected in the great Circle of Life.

Simba: Wow… Say, Dad, where do the hyenas fit into the great Circle of Life?

Mufasa: Ugh, the hyenas. No, f#@k those guys.

Simba: Yeah, that’s fair.

Published in: on July 22, 2011 at 7:32 am  Leave a Comment