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Sunday, July 21, 2013

People Like Us by Alex Kurtzman, 2012 (R)

with Chris Pine (Unstoppable, This Means War), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games, Man on a Ledge, Our Idiot Brother, The Next Three Days), Olivia Wilde (The Words, The Next Three Days, Tron: Legacy, Deadfall), Jon Favreau (Iron Man 3), Michelle Pfeiffer (Dark Shadows), Michael Hall D'Addario, Philip Baker Hall (All Good Things, 50/50), Mark Duplass (Your Sister's Sister, The Five-Year Engagement, Zero Dark Thirty)

People Like Us is a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine 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

This could have been a cheesy movie. Somehow, the plot is turning in its favor, with an interesting formula of what family means, and how the values and ideals have changed. It is well carried by a good cast, and as the story unfolds, the script evolves without shortcut, surprisingly. The ending is definitely a tearjerker, but it is worth the journey.

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