Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
Family is the strongest bond of all – but do those rules apply to a family we never knew we had?
In People Like Us, Sam, a troubled businessman is forced to answer that question and examine the importance of blood above all.
Sam is in trouble – he’s being investigation by the government and he’s now entangled in federal blackmail. Then he learns his estranged father, Jerry, has just died.
When he returns home for the funeral, he meets with his father’s lawyer who tells him that the will has left him no money, however he receives his father’s shaving kit in which there is $150,000 in cash with a note directing it to be given to ‘Josh Davis’.
Sam realises this money could solve his problems but he tracks down Josh, who turns out to be a troubled young boy. Sam finds Josh’s mother – recovering alcoholic and bartender Frankie, who he then secretly follows to an AA meeting.
It’s during this meeting that Frankie reveals that she is Jerry’s daughter – making Frankie, Sam’s half-sister. Shocked and angry at his father, Sam tells his girlfriend he intends to keep the money.
Using a false identity, Sam introduces himself to Frankie and he finds himself entangled in the lives of her and her son. They form a strong friendship as the movie unfolds, but Sam’s secret is constantly bubbling underneath.
The movie is sweet – playing off the perfect amount of drama to keep the plot moving. It is admittedly a little slow to progress, but the story reflects on the importance of families no matter how rocky or rough they can be.
Available now: DVD RRP$36.95 and Blu-Ray RRP$42.95.
Category: Film & TV