People Like Us

2012

People Like Us

Critics 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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Total Count: 119

62%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 31,923
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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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Cast

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

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Audience Reviews for People Like Us

  • May 30, 2016
    Starts off decently, but turns into sentimental, hard to believe fluff by the end.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2015
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 07, 2014
    In "People Like Us," Sam Harper(Chris Pine) is having a very bad week. First, there is that bad shipment of tomato bisque to Ecuador that could potentially get him into legal trouble. Then, his father dies. His conveniently leaving his wallet behind in the car delays their departure but only until his girlfriend Hannah(Olivia Wilde) schedules a later flight. That arrives after the funeral but not late enough for them to help his mother(Michelle Pfeiffer) with the clean up. And then his father's lawyer(Philip Baker Hall) gives him $150,000 to give to the nephew, Josh(Michael Hall D'Addario), Sam never knew he had. Josh's mother Frankie(Elizabeth Banks) could use any kind of good news since she barely persuades his school to not only keep him out of Guantanamo but also not to expel him after he blows up the school pool. While not being in any way creatively revolutionary("Brothers & Sisters" used to tell a similar story every other episode), "People Like Us" still succeeds, by going the route of understatement to detail the complexity and messy nature of families. This starts with the opening shorthand gestures to introduce its characters and closes neatly enough, with just enough openings at the end to denote the fact that not all of their struggles' have ended, especially economically. A lot of this works due to the quality of the performances as Chris Pine proves his mettle as a young actor while Michelle Pfeiffer does some of her best work by doing less.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2013
    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 B Super Reviewer

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