People Like Us Review

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While delving into his recently decease father's affairs, salesman Chris Pine stumbles upon a family secret that soon changes his life.


Star Trek writer Alex Kurtzman makes his directorial debut with this feature starring Kirk himself, Chris Pine. In this touchy-feeling family relationships drama, Pine is Sam, an angry young man who discovers his errant father left an inheritance to a sibling he never knew he had, Frankie (Banks). Tracking her down, he befriends her without telling her who he is. D’oh! Banks is brilliant as the bright, brassy alcoholic and Michael Hall D'Addario provides the laughs as her smart-assed son. It’s overlong and caught between two worlds but still a tearjerker with a bit of character.

Thanks to punchy direction from Star Trek writer Kurtzman, this is a cut above your average weepie.