Our Red Carpet report producer, JD, and I got to go to a screening of “People Like Us” a few weeks ago at the RealD Screening Room in Beverly Hills thanks to Walt Disney Studios. We’ve been talking about the movie and seeing the promotion building (along with the promotion of other movies opening tomorrow) and wanted to tell you why we think you should see this film before the others.
First, the movie is not only well-written, acted and produced, but it is a genuinely lovely story about life, the good and the bad parts. Life is messy. As my father would say, “you can pick your friends, you can’t pick your family.” This movie tells the story of a son (Chris Pine) who has to deal with the reality of his father’s death and what it leaves him. The dynamics of his interaction with his mother(Michelle Pfeiffer) as he had stayed away from home and then his feelings of anger come out. You feel for the situation and maybe some of us have firsthand knowledge of it.
Then the secrets start to come out. Funny thing about secrets. We all think they will say hidden away, but in some cases, they haunt us and we are left to tell them long after the time they should have been shared to avoid consequences. In this story, the consequences have also impacted another child, a daughter(Elizabeth Banks), who also has issues about the same father that the son has never felt close to. (No spoiler – it’s in the trailer).
Fast forward to how the son handles telling the sister. It starts with a secret – the downfall of the father. What happens next, well, you’ll have to see the movie. There are more secrets revealed, and this dramedy pulls you in and gives you hope.
Our family has its secrets as well, my mother didn’t know until I figured out that her father was not really her father (photos when she was a year old with another last name was a giveaway). Still the family denied it. Safer they felt, than to make my grandmother look badly? Hurtful because she never got to know the real man or make the decision to want to know him.
Life is messy. We can celebrate it by seeing tales like this give us hope as they help connect us to the truth and to seeing the whole story rather than the pieces we are shown. The ending brought tears to my eyes and not because it was really sad but because it open new doors for this family. If you’ve forgotten to forgive, it will be revived inside of you. Life is what we make it and running doesn’t make it right.
Life has many obstacles for us and there are times when we just walk away or want it now but when we think about the whole picture and the consequences of our actions, and slow down to make things right, we find love.
Favorite line in the movie
“Most doors are closed. If you find one you want to get into, you better have an interesting knock.”
Alex Kurtzman had a similar situation in his life and sat down with his writing partner Roberto Orci (with whom he created Star Trek and Transformers with) and sat down to create this story with strong characters telling a rich story. This story feels real – they brought their own life experiences to the table and put together this emotional tale. Alex did a great job on his directorial debut on this character-driven DreamWorks Pictures film. Check out his credits from like Hawaii Five-O on TV to the Silverscreen.
So if you’re flipping a coin for “People Like Us” or “Magic Mike” go for the one that will touch your soul and give you hope and wisdom to use in your life beyond the hot, shirtless guys dancing before you. (Not saying you can’t see both movies.)
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PEOPLE LIKE US
U.S. Release date: June 29, 2012
Running time: 115 minutes
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At the Los Angeles Film Festival Red Carpet
Although we couldn’t get on the red carpet for this event, we did get some photos of the stars that we wanted to share with you.
This goes without saying but Michelle Pfeiffer looks stunning on the Red Carpet. She is a wonderful actress and does this movie justice. Chris Pine is so great as well, and if you haven’t seen him in “Bottle Shock” go check him out, that’s when I really thought he was going to be a big star and then again in Star Trek as Captain Kirk – powerful presence on the screen. Finally, I’d like to say that Elizabeth Banks should get an Oscar nomination for her performance. They all were great, but we both felt she was at the top of her game in this role.