DreamWorks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US: Movie Review

During my whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for the world premiere of Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE, I also had the chance to see a screening of DreamWorks Pictures’ PEOPLE LIKE US. Here is a quick synopsis of the movie:

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 this family—and re-examine his own life choices in the process. Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde co-star.

Inspired by real life events, PEOPLE LIKE US is a witty, funny and emotional story. As someone who has recently connected with members of my family I did not know growing up, I could relate to Sam in many ways. Seeing the similarities of a blood relative’s personality to your own without ever meeting beforehand is a powerful thing, and that is exactly what Sam experiences upon meeting Frankie. (his new found sister)

The journey Sam takes with Frankie, his mother, girlfriend and even his deceased father had me feeling frustrated, sad and sympathetic, but the payoff was well worth the emotional roller coaster. Humor often breaks the ice in PEOPLE LIKE US, just like real life, so I appreciated that greatly. By the end of the movie, tears started forming in my eyes! (there is a great scene at the end that you won’t want to miss!) PEOPLE LIKE US includes dynamics that any individual or family can relate to, and is sure to pull those emotions up front and center upon watching.

Overall, I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed PEOPLE LIKE US. Stay tuned for an upcoming post that includes my interview with Director Alex Kurtzman, which dives deeper into why he created this movie based on his own life experiences.

PEOPLE LIKE US opens in theatres everywhere this weekend! Do you plan on seeing it?

Disclosure: Disney/Pixar sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.