People Like Us Movie Review | Opens June 29th | #PeopleLikeUs


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.

I was lucky enough to view People Like Us while in NYC for the Tribeca Film Festival. I was warned in advance to bring a tissue. I suggest you bring more than one.

The storyline is very believable, as is Sam’s reaction to his father’s death. There are way too many dysfunctional families nowadays with very similar relationships which helps the audience relate and sympathize with Sam. Because he didn’t have the best relationship with his Dad he wasn’t completely surprised by the division of the estate after his death. Facing the dilemma (and surprise) brought to Sam’s attention by his father’s lawyer, Sam seeks out Frankie (a local struggling single mother) to find out exactly why his Dad wanted him to watch out for her. I loved how the characters lives slowly intertwine as Sam finally learns a few things about relationships, love and trust. Family secrets are brought life, Sam learns exactly why his Dad did the things he did and why he treated him the way he did while growing up, and people’s choices are questioned. In the end Sam realizes that although you cannot choose your family members, you can choose to love them and allow them space in your lives.

This is a truly touching film that I cannot wait to watch again with my family.

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  1. Sabrina Radke says

    I love Elizabeth Banks! Can’t wait to see this! I love a good cry at a movie 🙂

  2. Nicki Z. says

    This movie looks so good; I just love Elizabeth Banks! Thanks for the review; I don’t watch much TV anymore, so I hadn’t even heard about this movie!

  3. I love Elizabeth Banks and have been just waiting for this movie!! My idiotic boyfriend thought that this movie was out on HBO and I tried to tell him but he insisted on spending 30 minutes hunting for it!! I let him too…..Oh Well…..can you say take me to a movie???? 🙂

  4. I like this type of movie! I like movies that have an inspirational message! I can not wait to see this movie!

  5. Lisa Davis says

    I have heard about this movie but honestly hadn’t seen the trailer until just now, wow, tear jerker for sure. Thanks for posting this, I definitely want to go see it now!

  6. Danielle says

    Looks too sad/drama-y for me, especially right now

  7. Karla-Rae Krekoski says

    I’m looking forward to seeing this movie 🙂 Elizabeth Banks is a terrific actress! Looks like a very sweet movie for sure 🙂

    • You’ll love it Karla! She did a fabulous job in this role.

  8. Abi R. says

    Sounds like a great movie – I enjoy Elizabeth Banks!!

  9. Sherry Compton says

    I didn’t know much about the film before reading your review, but you are so right on there being dysfunctional families all around. Really we all are apart of one in one way or another. Love is so important in life. Sounds like a good heartfelt family movie. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  10. Sounds like a good movie Think I will have to check it out. I enjoy Elizabeth Banks!!

  11. There is clearly a bunch to know about this. I suppose you made some nice points in features also.

  12. Christine Mayfield says

    I def want to see this movie. It sounds absolutely wonderful and very realistic

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