Published on October 24th, 2012 | by Greg0
People Like Us: New On Blu-Ray
We’ve got a pair of film reviews today- one is the latest season in a TV series that, love it or hate, keeps the drama coming. And speaking of drama, we’ve also got a new movie that carefully toes the line between touching and cliche. It’s said that all families are strange. And each family, to paraphrase an old quote, is strange in their own way. What would you do if you found out, after your father’s death, that you had a sister that you didn’t know about?
That’s the concept behind People Like Us (new on two-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo). Starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks and directed by Alex Kurtzman, even the secondary cast led by Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde are recognizable. Despite some moments of over-acting and fairly overdrawn characters, and a few scenes that feel contrived, the film as a whole is better than you might expect from the plot summary. Death and long-held secrets aren’t the lightest of topics, and the movie doesn’t hold back from some real sadness and trouble. Treated with less of a deft touch, it might have veered into cloying territory, but People Like Us manages to stay on track, albeit a narrow one that has us waiting a bit impatiently for the moment when Chris Pine reveals his identity.
The score and cinematography, as well as the transfer, are pretty secondary here- everything is up to par and perfectly acceptable. This is worth watching, if you’re in the mood or generally enjoy movies with realistic situations and emotions, well-acted and scripted. Imperfect, to be sure, and with an ending that had one of us left unsatisfied and others quite happy. We liked the bonus features- a couple of solid audio commentaries were a bit unusual for a movie like this, and a few deleted scenes and a blooper reel were fun, even if they didn’t add much.