People Like Us


People Like Us (2012)


Critic Consensus: Though calculated and melodramatic, People Like Us benefits from a pair of solid leads and its rare screenplay that caters to adult filmgoers.


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From DreamWorks Pictures comes People Like Us, a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine 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. -- (C) Dreamworks

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Sara Mornell
as Dr. Amanda
Philip Baker Hall
as Ike Rafferty
Dean Chekvala
as Mrs. Haney
Abhi Sinha
as Manager
Jon Favreau
as Richards
Rob Brownstein
as Sales VP Ben
Darren O'Hare
as Telemarketer
Maximilian Osinski
as Telemarketer
Paul Sanchez
as AA Group Leader
Freddie Francis
as AA Member
Stephanie Bast
as AA Member
Pippa Hinchley
as AA Member
David Kelsey
as AA Member
LeRoy Mobley
as AA Member
Nick Smoke
as AA Member
Amanda Young
as AA Member
Aaron Farb
as Lab Teacher
Alexander Leeb
as German Guy
Katherine Sigismund
as Lillian's Friend
Sheila Shaw
as Lillian's Friend
Katy Boyer
as Lillian's Friend
Liza Del Mundo
as Receptionist
Michael D. Parr
as Sleazy Bar Patron
Omar Vega
as Taco Stand Worker
Tara Inden
as LAX Flight Attendant
James Hosney
as Minister
Dave Zyler
as 70s Studio Tech
Moosie Drier
as 70s Studio Tech
Rif Hutton
as 70s Studio Tech
Steve Alterman
as 70s Studio Tech
Liza Richardson
as CD Narrator
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Critic Reviews for People Like Us

All Critics (118) | Top Critics (37)

Nothing Like Us would have been more accurate.

Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It seems ridiculous to dance around plot details when the movie allows the audience to get ahead of the story and to stay there as events laboriously unfold.

Jun 30, 2012 | Full Review…

It's encouraging to see a wielder of studio heft test his mettle with the all-too-human. In a season of superheroes and their nemeses, Kurtzman takes on characters hurting, hoping, trying to rise to the occasion of family.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4

People Like Us seems to have been devised for audiences who want to experience an entire year's worth of soap opera complications in a single sitting.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Some of the strongest writing in any movie so far this year.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A good payoff, but the middle drags.

Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for People Like Us


Starts off decently, but turns into sentimental, hard to believe fluff by the end.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

An unapologetic chick flick with all the trimmings, but at least done with some intelligence, and with some respect for their audience. The story of how two families come to discover they've the same father is not overly convoluted, which is to say, simple, but the performances of the leads are committed enough to carry the day.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

People Like Us was a good movie with a great cast. The story was really good. I loved that Sam started out self absorbed to by the end being so open and loving. His mother and father really did a number on him. She is where I think he got his selfish ways. The fact that she made her husband give up a relationship and any kind of connection with his daughter really made me dislike her. I loved Pine and Banks together on screen. They flowed well together making is very easy to believe they had a close connection. I think Michael Hall did a great job in this. He held his own with these actors. I look forward to see how he does in future films. The ending was really sweet. It couldn't have ended in an any better way. It is a great family drama. I will definitely be seeing this again.


Super Reviewer

This has to be under everyone's radar and that's a true shame. I can't recommend it enough if you're looking for a truly moving film about fractured families and fractured souls. I was completely blown away by this movie and by every single performance. If I were an Academy member and I saw this film I would immediately place the names Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer at the very top of my Oscar nominations lists. Honestly, everyone is just that good in these roles especially Banks. Hers is the best performance I've seen this year bar none. The movie itself is so wonderfully written and packs true emotional resonance. The plot may sound cliché but nothing is handled in a predictable or unreal fashion. Secrets are revealed and it sheds new life on family and the meaning of love. To paraphrase: what seems important now really isn't and what's may seem not important now really is... there's a lot to digest about this film. One thing's for sure, if you "lean in to it" and give this movie your time and undivided attention you will not be sorry that you saw it. 5 Stars 2-7-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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