Nothing with family comes easy
Nothing with family comes easy, and People Like Us definitely hits home with that. A turbulent look at what family means, interrelationships within families, responsibility and trust are all a part of what is at the core of this beautiful film.
Sam's world is turned upside down when he comes home from work and his girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) tells him that his father, a rock A&R legend, has passed away. Sam has never had a great relationship with his father or his mother and he does his best to try and avoid traveling to Los Angeles for his father's funeral. He even goes to the lengths of trying to hide his wallet to claim it was left at home so he wouldn't have to get on the plane. However, he does make it to California, but not in time for his father's funeral service. When he reaches his mother's house you can tell the two have a strained relationship as Sam informs his mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) about his short visit due to Hannah having to get back to New York for her law test (it's actually the following week). The next morning Sam meets with his father's attorney and instead of money for him, which Sam could really use a lot of at this point due to a massive work blulnder, he gets his father's shaving kit and finds $150,000.00 in it earmarked for someone else. Someone named Josh Davis in fact. Josh (Michael Hall D'Addario)turns out to be Sam's nephew, the son of Sam's illegitimate sister Frankie (Elizabeth Banks). Sam has never been good at relationships, and it isn't getting any easier with the news that he's got to tell Josh and Frankie about their new inheritance according to his father's wishes. Sam ends up on a wild ride filled with lies, truth, hurt and discovery as he learns what it was like for Frankie growing up without a father, and how Josh's troubled school life and home life with a working mother effects him. But there is still the money involved, will he really able to relinquish that amount of cash to virtual strangers?
Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks have endless chemistry that lights up the screen. The two play off one another well and make a pretty pair. Pine has a quality that is both charming and seemingly effortless. Banks can do it all, tug at your heart one moment and then next have you laughing in stitches. D'Addario and Banks are an adorable and laughable mom/son combination. The addition of Pfeiffer brings the emotional tug to another level and the entire group will have you in tears from start to finish of this film. Family will put you through a mess of events, feelings, and tortures, but when it all comes down to it, blood is thicker than water.
You're not going to want to miss a moment of this movie. Young, old, friends, family, emotions will stir deep inside of you and you're going to need a shoulder to cry on and a lot of tissues to dry up the tears. People Like Us is in theaters now.