I had no expectations for this movie, People Like Us, at all. Sometimes I think that helps when you watch any movie.
Inspired by true life events, the “People Like Us” Blu-ray Combo Pack comes complete with bonus material that delves deeper into the story that inspired the making of this great film. These extras include audio commentary with filmmakers and talent, an extended scene of L.A.’s popular Henry Taco Stand featured in the film, deleted scenes and bloopers.
“People Like Us” is directed/produced by Alex Kurtzman (Cowboys & Aliens, The Proposal, Star Trek, TV’s “Hawaii Five-O”), written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens) and Jody Lambert (her first writing debut) and composed by award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire).
Chris Pine, who plays Sam, is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman whose latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down — he has a 30-year-old sister (Banks) he never knew existed.
It sounded like an interesting story which is what intrigued me to watch the film.
When they say the movie is based on true events, it is really based on the director’s personal life in which his father had another family with children that were a lot older than he was, that he never knew. The director never really knew his half-siblings until years later. The director and his friend, decided to make a film to explore the concept of family. (This was all found out in the special features – I love special features! One reason I even buy movies!)
The film itself is quite an interesting adventure. You’re not too sure if we should even be liking the main character and then you get totally engrossed in his journey and wanting to know how everything will play out. I was really curious to see what the reactions of the characters would be. I was not disappointed in this movie at all.
I wouldn’t say it is a “family-friendly movie” but more for a mature audience. “Mature” meaning you could watch with your children that are mature, maybe eleven, twelve years and up. I think that younger children will not be interested at all in the film but older kids might possibly get into the story and you might be able to have a meaningful discussion about what family means.
There was one scene that might not be appropriate or that you may feel uncomfortable having your 11-12 year old watching with you. It’s quick and the rest of the film is fine. There are a bunch of cuss words so if you don’t feel like that is appropriate either, then I might avoid this movie with young, mature children. It’s totally up to your discretion.
If you would like your own copy of this movie, you can find it on Amazon.com.
*I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a copy of this movie to review. Any and all opinions are mine.*