From DreamWorks Pictures comes “People Like Us,” a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (“Star Trek”) 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.
People Like Us is somewhat of an emotional roller-coaster, consider bringing tissues with you if you are the type to cry during movies. I am that type, and was happy to be packing! I didn’t know much about People Like Us before attending a screening. It’s what I like to call, a story telling movie. Meaning, it doesn’t rely on explosives, or big twists or surprises to the storyline. Just the talents of the film makers and cast that bring the story to life. Which in this case, was extremely successful, in my opinion. I really appreciated the flaws in each character. The real world is filled with real people who are not perfect. People who have interesting stories to tell. Though a little slow at times, the movie did a good job at pulling me in and not wanting it to end. Based on true events, the ending left me wondering – what happened next, where and how are they now? I love a movie that sticks with me even after I leave the theater. This to me is a sign of a good movie. If you enjoy a well written story that touches your heart, and makes you feel, then this movie is definitely for you.
People Like Us is in theaters now!
Disclosure: I received free seats at an advanced screening of People Like Us in exchange for my honest review.