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People Like Us (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 29 June 2012 (USA)
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While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

Director:

Alex Kurtzman

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Sam
Elizabeth Banks ... Frankie
Michael Hall D'Addario ... Josh
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Lillian
Olivia Wilde ... Hannah
Mark Duplass ... Ted
Sara Mornell ... Dr. Amanda
Philip Baker Hall ... Ike Rafferty
Dean Chekvala ... Jerry
Barbara Eve Harris ... Mrs. Haney
David Burrus David Burrus ... Derek
Joseph Wise ... Danny
Devin Brochu ... Simon
Gabriela Milla ... Lucy
Abhi Sinha ... Manager
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Storyline

Workaholic and sleazy businessman Sam is extremely reluctant to leave New York and go to his father's funeral. When he finally arrives, it becomes apparent that his mother and girlfriend are disappointed in him for "running away" whenever times get too emotional. Soon afterwards, he discovers that his father was sleeping around with another woman, and that Sam actually has a half-sister whom he never knew existed. His father has willed her $150,000 and has left Sam with the task of getting it to her. Frankie is a bartender also wrapped up in work just like her half-brother, and she has had a bad past and has now been left with the job of being a single parent to her troublemaker son, Josh. Josh is eleven years old but curses like a sailor and constantly makes fart jokes and sex jokes, making him popular with the bad kid crowd at school, although behind the act, Josh is depressed and lonely. Now Sam has to find a way to fix the past and reunite his mom, nephew and half-sister together ... Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Find your family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, some drug use and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Welcome to People See more »

Filming Locations:

Claremont, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,255,423, 1 July 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$12,412,386, 19 August 2012
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elizabeth Banks's character plays a sister to Chris Pine's. In real life, Pine has a sister named Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When the sodium is thrown into the pool it sinks to the bottom before exploding. In reality sodium floats on water and the explosion is caused by sparks igniting the hydrogen that is formed. See more »

Quotes

Sam: I swear to you on my life I'm not and will never hit on you. Ever.
Frankie: Wow, thank you. I'm sure that was meant to reassure me.
Sam: No, I'm just... I'm sure you get hit on all the time. I'm not one of those guys... I'm in a relationship right now, so...
Frankie: Oh, that's so great for you. What's his name?
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Connections

References The Fly (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Be Aggressive
Written by Roddy Bottum
Performed by Faith No More
Published by Big Thrilling Music/Vomit God Music
Courtesy of Slash/Reprise Records
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A Shot of People on the Rocks, with a Splash of Sentimentality
24 June 2012 | by Unbilled_RoleSee all my reviews

"People Like Us" has a fine cast, a fairly stimulating (yet safe) plot, and some heartfelt life lessons thrown in for good measure. The next paragraph contains a gentle spoiler about this films' themes.

A man (Pine) receives some bad news about his family. He needs to do the right thing, grow up, and bust through the defenses he has spent years hiding under. As he makes a reunion of sorts with family members, the plot unfolds. Each character deals with their own personal set of challenges.

I'll confess that I had hesitations about the casting. Pine is cute as-a-button, and I tend to be drawn to actors who are a bit rough around the edges. But I was wrong to doubt his abilities. He layered his role with some interesting nuances. His interactions with the Elizabeth Banks character were entertaining and fairly genuine. The young actor Michael Hall D'Addario was absolutely wonderful. Banks and Pfeiffer each turned in very sturdy performances. Wilde was also effective, but she needed more screen time.

Kudos to the director Alex Kurtzman for his reasonably light touch. It seems like he allowed the actors a long leash in developing their characterizations. This is no easy task, because Kurtzman also co-wrote the script.

The musical score had some strong moments, particularly when they highlighted classic rock tunes from decades ago. There were periodic sentimental tunes, which seemed a bit manipulative. And there was a beach scene which was a bit deflated, because it was so typically pretty. I wish this film would have taken more risks, and navigated through an even murkier emotional landscape.

At the end of the day, I would recommend this, and I look forward to seeing more films from Kurtzman. If you're still with me at this point, I beg your pardon. Uh, bartender... I'll have an extra dry martini with 2 olives, please.


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