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Rated PG-13 · 115 minutes · 2012

Drama
People Like Us is one of those “inspired by true events” movies, which makes you wonder how you missed the story of the famous record producer who died and left $150,000 to a daughter his family didn’t know he had. It’s a nice setup for a movie, though, and this is a very earnest film—mostly in a good way. But when the dramatic family tension ratchets up, you kind of wish Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Elizabeth Banks (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) weren’t in the lead roles. They’re fine while the characters establish a relationship, but they’re just not cut out for the heavy stuff. J.J. Abrams acolyte Alex Kurtzman has chosen good warm-up material for his debut, and he attracted a nice cast—Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde join Pine and Banks—but it lacks the oomph it needs to be truly memorable.
Official Site: ppllikeusmovie.com
Director: Alex Kurtzman
Producer: Robert Orci, Bobby Cohen, Clayton Townsend and Alex Kurtzman
Cast: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael D'Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass, Devin Brochu, Barbara Eve Harris and Dean Chekvala

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Portland Mercury Complicated People People Like Us: Transformers writer Alex Kurtzman chooses people over robots. by Elinor Jones 06/28/2012
The Coast Halifax People Like Us The cast is on point, but plot mechanics bog the film down by Jacob Boon 06/28/2012
Chicago Reader A half brother, a half sister, a complete mess A family wrestles with its secret past in the new drama People Like Us by J.R. Jones 06/26/2012
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Creative Loafing Atlanta People Like Us seeks yuppie redemption Family drama oddly falls victim to rom-com tropes by Curt Holman 06/28/2012

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