People Like Us

Rated PG-13 115 minutes 2012

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.

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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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