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People Like Us

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sentimental drama is well acted but too mature for tweens.

Movie PG-13 2012 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

14 and up.

people like us is a great drama movie stars with Chris pine from the movie star trek but this drama movie has heavy themes such as adultery, abandonment, and the loss of a father that maybe too much for your young kids kids to handle and parents you need to know that people like us has some mild violence some brief sexuality some strong language used and some drinking used overall this movie does have a positive message about the power of family, particularly brother-sister relationships.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Very real...good message

I thought it had a needed message..that dysfunctional families can deal with their pasts and heal and have love & respect for each other bringing bonds that may never have been if they hadn't honestly faced their difficult times and perhaps missed out on a blessing by staying in denial or untruths about their past or relationships...I thought it had a good message.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Pine and Banks (she especially) are the kind of charming performers who are ridiculously likable -- even in otherwise bland films or forgettable roles. PEOPLE LIKE US, which was directed by Transformers screenwriter Alex Kurtzman, isn't mediocre; it's got an interesting premise and a winning chemistry between the leads. The problem is that when Sam decides not to tell Frankie he's her brother, he violates the sacred Jerry Maguire rule of messing with a single mother. Frankie inevitably falls for Sam -- as would any woman in the presence of Pine's outrageously handsome face and selfless interest in her behaviorally challenged child. That one choice is so unforgivably misguided and, frankly, unbelievable, that it's hard not to cheer when Frankie beats him up after discovering his secret.

But even the fundamental flaw of Sam allowing Frankie to believe that he was just a gorgeous dream guy helping out an attractive single mom doesn't completely ruin People Like Us -- precisely because Pine and Banks are such endearing actors. Before the big reveal, the two get to know each other through deep conversations over tacos, laundry duty, and sodas at a hip hotel bar. Sam also becomes a fatherly figure to precocious middle schooler Josh, who's wise and witty beyond his years (another bit of inauthenticity). They bond mostly via music history instruction, which Sam gladly provides by extolling the virtues of vinyl and New Wave legends like the Clash. Even with its many missteps (the excellent, nuanced You Can Count on Me, this is not), People Like Us' performances make it a sibling drama worth seeing.

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