As I have previously mentioned I had the opportunity to see People Like Us while in NYC for the Avengers Event.   In the cushy Disney private screening room I really had no idea what I was about to see.  This was back in April before too much information had been released about the film.  I understood the basic premise.  At his fathers’ death a young man (Chris Pine) learns that he has a sister he never knew existed.  The story is loosely based on a true story.

I’ve recently seen trailers touting the film as a “feel good movie”.   Hmmmm…this movie is definitely not my definition of a feel good movie.  Not to say that I didn’t enjoy the film.  I truly did.  This movie is real life.  And real life is complicated, difficult, and painful as well as meaningful and wonderful.   The father in this story, who we mostly never see, is awful.  He is entirely selfish.  Isn’t this true to life?  It seems as though many men are capable of fathering a child, but yet lack the emotional maturity to take on the task.  I feel nothing but empathy for the two main characters, brother & sister, who are left to pick up the pieces of his turbulent life.  Each is ultimately just a child looking for guidance and love that they never received.  Yeah, it’s heavy.

The movie is superbly acted.  Elizabeth Banks and Chris Pine did an excellent job conveying their characters complex emotional changes.  I must admit I was skeptical of Chris Pine as the film started, as I thought of him as nothing but a Hollywood pretty boy.  But he delivers.  That being said, I must confess I think Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer give award winning performances.  The choices each make are the type where no one really wins.  I don’t want to give the plot away, but as I mentioned each person is left to deal with the destruction the father created.

I highly recommend this movie as a way to tap into your emotional growth.  Most of us have had people we love let us down.  How we choose to pick up the pieces and carry on defines our lives.   Relationships are tricky.  And seldom does the seemingly right decision have completely positive results.    While I cried my way through most of the film (LOL) I loved the fact that this movie doesn’t shy away from grit.  People Like Us is the most true to life movie I’ve seen in a long time and is a worthwhile film for adults of all ages.

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PEOPLE LIKE US hits theaters everywhere on June 29th



My trip to NYC was paid entirely by Disney, all opinions are my own.



  1. Great review and so loved hanging with you that weekend! Keep in touch!

  2. I’m seeing the movie this coming Thursday. Thanks for the great review!

  3. Great review.

  4. This looks really good. I can’t wait for it to come out!

  5. I can’t wait to see this movie!

  6. Great review! I would not really call it a feel good movie either. I loved it and cried the entire way through it.

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