Grammarian that I am, I wondered if “like” was being used as a verb in the title of the movie we saw yesterday, “People Like Us.” Alas, it wasn’t. But, as it turned out, it was (at least for the Mister and I).
This drama is about how a constantly lying yet ambitious young man (Sam played by Chris Pine) comes to terms with his estranged father and his previously-unknown half-sister. When his dad dies, Sam is left $150,000 to give to Josh Davis . . . who turns out to be Sam’s nephew, son of that half-sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks).
Sam would rather keep the money, being heavily in debt, but his curiosity gets the better of him. Which is a good thing, because everyone involved in this convoluted family needs each other.
The best thing that this flick has going for it (well, besides the fact that Pine is incredibly handsome) . . . wait a minute, what was I saying?
Oh, yeah . . . sorry (made me remember Chris Pine)! The best thing is the acting. All of the main roles—Michelle Pfeiffer as Sam’s mom, Banks, Pine, and Olivia Wilde as Sam’s girlfriend—are so well-played. Even young Josh (Michael Hall D’Addario who badly needs a haircut) was believable. The ending truly makes the movie.
I don’t consider “People Like Us” a must-see; it’s definitely Netflixable. But don’t be surprised if you do like it if you choose to watch it.