Sunday, 16 February 2014

[Movie Review] People Like Us (2012)

Movie Title      : People Like Us
Directed by     : Alex Kurtzman
Produced by    : Roberto Orci, Bobby Cohen & Clayton Townsend
Written by      : Jody Lambert, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
Distributed by : Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 
My Rating       : 4.5 of 5


People Like Us is a drama film about Sam (Chris Pine), a struggling corporate barterer in New York, who is in trouble after one of his deals violates federal law, and the Federal Trade Commission threatens him with investigation. At the same day, Sam learns that his estranged record-producer father, Jerry, has died of cancer. Sam tries to avoid attending the funeral, but his girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) insists on making arrangements. So they fly home to L.A. and stays at Sam’s parents’ house. Sam then meets his father's lawyer who tells him that his father leaves him no money, but he receives $150,000 in cash to be given to someone named Josh Davis. 

Sam tracks Josh (Michael Hall D'Addario) who turns out to be 11-year old with a single-mother Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and a secret is revealed about who they are. Sam has intention of keeping the money for himself, but then, he gets to know Frankie and Josh, and he starts to make up his mind. After getting involved pretty deep, Sam finally reveals his true identity, which makes Frankie explodes in anger and asks him to leave. Sam still decides to stay in L.A. since there are more things he has to take care of there. Meanwhile, Frankie finally receives Jerry's money, which she refused at first. She uses the money to build a better life for her and her son. When Sam visits Frankie, she is still angry, but he begs for forgiveness and asks for a chance to show something to her – an old film reel that Jerry shot, and it helps Sam to reconcile with Frankie.

I’m completely aware I miss something important in my summary – who Frankie and Josh to Sam. It’s the most important part, and that’s why I keep it a secret. You better go watch it first. I don’t like to spoil storyline, seriously. Trust me, it’s a really brilliant and touching story. And do you want to know the best part? It’s based on a true story. It always touches people more, doesn’t it? Real touching, I envy people with amazing life like that. Even though we never know whether the movie is completely the same with the real story, I still envy them. It teaches a great moral lesson about family. I didn’t cry, but definitely was touched. Boy, the casts are fantastic. Chris Pine, I always adore him. 

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