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★★★☆☆ It would be easy to dismiss People Like Us (2012), the debut feature from Alex Kurtzman, as yet another mushy family drama that contains more sentimentality than your average Nicholas Sparks novel. Yet beneath the prolonged stares and hammy piano score lies an enjoyable, emotive drama. Sam Harper (in a winning performance by Chris Pine), is a cocksure salesman living in New York. His boss subsequently threatens to fire him if he doesn't sort out a work-related mistake, which has lead to an investigation by the FTC. Sam's life then faces further turmoil when he learns of his music producer father's death.

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