Although People Like Us (2012) has received mixed reviews – the Rotten Tomatoes critics score it at 55% and the audience scores it at 63% – I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable. It involves a hyperactive, struggling young businessman on the East Coast called home to the West Coast for the funeral of his estranged dad, a modestly successful guy in the music business. Following the funeral, the son learns that his dad had a love child and wants the son to deliver to this love child his only cash assets – $150k. The son is played by Chris Pine, the love child is played by Elizabeth Banks, and the son’s mother is played by Michelle Pfeiffer. This movie is satisfying because the three leading characters are people like us – fundamentally flawed, but basically good people fighting to survive in a challenging world. I give it three and one quarter stars.
July 24, 2013
Saturday Night at the Movies #77 – People Like Us
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