While on my recent visit to LA for the Brave Premiere, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to screen People Like Us. I am soooo happy I did! People Like Us is opening this weekend and it deserves lots of attention for it’s THAT
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.
The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.
A DreamWorks Pictures presentation, “People Like Us” is directed by Alex Kurtzman, produced by Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen and Clayton Townsend, and written by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jody Lambert. The film releases in U.S. theaters on June 29, 2012.
I am trying to think of the last movie I saw that inspired me, pulled emotion from the heart, made me think about my life and the people that are in my world. People Like Us is a drama/comedy about reconnecting with the things that matter most in life. It’s about family secrets and the choices we make that can affect other people.
Sam (Chris Pine) reluctantly travels home for his father’s funeral. Being angry for the relationship he didn’t have with his father causes him to face the past he’s been running from his entire life to make decisions that will make him a better person. Inspired by true life events of Director of the film Alex Kurtzman, Sam learns of a sister, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), he didn’t know existed and is given a task of delivering $150,000 to her from their father that has left him nothing to help put a dent in his enormous debt. The relationship they build ironically starts off on lies because of lies, which makes the story that much more compelling. The film will have you laughing, a lot. It may even cause a few tears from your eyes. Take a look at this, it’s the trailer from the movie with a little bit of commentary from the director and actors. It will give you a feel of the heart of this film.
Michelle Pfeiffer plays Sam’s mother, and she is as beautiful as ever. Michael Hall D’addario plays Frankie’s son Josh . He is an amazing young actor and plays the part of the troubled pre-teen perfectly.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie is during a scene where Sam is talking to his newly realized nephew Josh sharing the rules of life – “Lean into it – it means the outcome doesn’t matter, what matters is that you were there for it – whatever it is, good or bad.” I know People Like Us made me think about how I want to “Lean into it”, whatever “it” is!
When I left the theater I felt, as my Grandmother would say, “verklempt”, which was refreshing to have a movie move me, all over People Like Us.
PEOPLE LIKE US hits theaters everywhere on June 29th!
I was invited to attend the screening of People Like US by Disney. All my opinions are my own.