People Like Us (2012)

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for language, some drug use and brief sexuality)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Olivia Wilde
as Hannah
Sara Mornell
as Dr. Amanda
Philip Baker Hall
as Ike Rafferty
Dean Chekvala
as Mrs. Haney
Barbara Eve Harris
as Mrs. Haney
Joseph Wise
as Danny
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
Shaughn Buchholz
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
Peggy Lynn Moore
as Waitress
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 (115) | Top Critics (36)

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Denver Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

A good payoff, but the middle drags.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
Film.com
Top Critic

What they've really done is stitch together a decade's worth of Katherine Heigl/Jennifer Aniston/Kate Hudson romantic comedies, and then cut out all the romance and most of the comedy.

Full Review… | June 28, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for People Like Us

½

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.

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