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“People Like Us”: Yes, We Do!

I always like Michelle Pfeiffer!

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).

Hannah (Olivia Wilde) and Sam (Chris Pine)

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).

Frankie (Elizabeth Banks) needs help.

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.

“This Means War”: A 10 on the Creepiness Scale

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are best friends and romantic rivals.

Are you younger than, say, age 30 or so? Then you might like “This Means War.”

For the rest of us in the, ahem, older demographic, it’s just a waste of time that we could’ve spent, say, seeing “The Artist.” Please, Mister, can we finally see what might win the Oscar for Best Picture?

Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) spends time with FDR.

Top CIA operatives, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine), are partners and best friends. They, unknowingly  to each other, make a play for Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), who ends up dating both of them. I think you can fill in the blanks about what happens next.

While there were funny parts to the movie, the ick factor was just too great. Because Tuck and FDR work for the CIA, they’re able to bug Lauren’s house and spy on each other in an attempt to derail each other’s efforts to woo her.

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Creepy! Slimy even. And Lauren takes forever to figure out that something’s going on. What supposedly savvy gal would be so clueless? Most of the late action was formulaic and easy to figure out. Well, it was for us, not for Lauren.

Surprisingly, Chelsea Handler livened up the movie in a positive way. Normally, I would be cringing at her profanity, but as Lauren’s friend, she was refreshing, funny, and wise.

Wish I could say the same about the rest of the flick.

Rental!