People Like Us
Theatrical Release: 6/29/2012
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe
Writer: Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
Producer: Bobby Cohen
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Runtime: 115 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Chris Pine,
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 his family-and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D'Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass and Michelle Pfeiffer.
A DreamWorks Pictures presentation, "People Like Us" is directed by Alex Kurtzman, produced by Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen and Clayton Townsend, with the screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jody Lambert. The film releases in U.S. theaters on June 29, 2012.
When a former music producer dies, he leaves his adult son the task of finding his illegitimate sister and giving her $150,000. As the son finds her, he enters her life out of curiosity and befriends her and her young son. As the drama rolls out, we find that each missed a crucial part of their father's life. She wanted him in her life and the son ignored his father in his later years.
The story is compelling but unfortunately it is marred by a great deal of unnecessary language and on screen drug use that is clearly condoned. Due to the content listed below, we are unable to recommend this film for family viewing.
Sex: Married man has child by another woman; woman admits to not knowing the father of her child.
Language: S-19; BS-5; A-6; OMG-7; J/JC/C-4; H-1; F-2 (once by boy/another mouthed by mom); D-1; Slang for male genitalia-8
Violence: Woman slaps son; woman slaps and punches man; boys punch another down; boy hits another with book breaking his nose.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes; woman in AA; man smokes marijuana; woman and adult son smoke marijuana.
Other: Boy shows disrespect for mother and school authorities.