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People Places Things

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Thoughtful drama about moving on after a marriage ends.

Movie R 2015 86 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Hateful movie

age 17+

Tough rotten movie filled with too much sensual things!

My whole family watched this movie! This sucked a lot and my dad did not even want to finish it! It turned out it had too much sensual/suggestive contents for older viewers! This had the right rating! I would not even let my 16 year old son watch this!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This imperfect but compelling drama starts with a bang (Charlie's poorly timed exit) and then slows down, so viewers can really get to see how badly Will is dealing with his new life. He lives for his weekends with his adorable twin daughters (Gia and Aundrea Gadsby) and mopes through everything else, spending his free time pouring his angst into a not-at-all-veiled autobiographical graphic novel about the dissolution of a marriage. Will is stuck, and everyone around him can see it, thanks to Clement's hangdog face effortlessly conveying his quiet despair.

The turning point of PEOPLE PLACES THINGS comes when a student (Jessica Williams) invites Will home for dinner to meet her mother, a disastrous evening that at least helps Will realize that maybe he needs to move on with his life. Hall, as a literature professor who looks down on graphic novels, is appealing as a single mom who definitely knows what she doesn't need from a man and motivates Will to emerge from his shell. The weak point in the film is Charlie, who's less clear about what she does and doesn't want out of life, leaving the movie imbalanced and one-sided (not that all movies about dissolving marriages need to be even-handed, but she just feels sketched out instead of fully formed). The film begins in fits and starts, and the ending is a bit trite, too, but it's a fairly satisfying look at how real people relate to each other, or fail to do so, in a relationship.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 14, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: October 6, 2015
  • Cast: Regina Hall , Jemaine Clement , Jessica Williams
  • Director: Jim Strouse
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Black actors, Indigenous actors, Polynesian/Pacific Islander actors
  • Studio: The Film Arcade
  • Genre: Romance
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language including some sexual references, and brief nudity
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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