People Like Us (2012)

“I hope you never have to know what it’s like to love someone, and then find out you’re not enough. I was trying to protect you from ever feeling that. Don’t you think I believed I was flying to your defense with all the courage in my heart? ” – Lillian

Number of Times Seen – Twice (15 Oct 2012 and 9 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Following the death of his father, a man finds out that he has a long lost sister and tries to find a way to connect with her.

My Take on it – Movie that had so much more potential than is realized here.

The cast is great with Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks having great chemistry together.

Unfortunately, the way that the story unfolds make stings far too awkward between them that this chemistry just feels off kilter throughout.

This is a film written and directed by Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and this movie shows that they are much better at sci-fi action films than they are at dramas like this one.

The supporting cast is also great with Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass, Philip Baker Hall and Olivia Wilde, yet unfortunately, none of them seem as if they are given enough to do here and that drags things down a bit too much.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Michelle Pfeiffer tried to get a scene removed where her character slaps Chris Pine across the face. Pfeiffer felt that it would be difficult for her character to redeem herself in the eyes of the audience. However, the scene remains in the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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