After the tear-fest that was Grey’s Anatomy for the past few weeks, the prospect of watching People Like Us last weekend was not one I looked at with optimism. A good cry is cathartic from time to time but did I really want a movie about a son losing his father, and a woman who was broken from the loss of hers?
I’m so glad I watched this movie, so I guess the answer is “yes, yes I do!”
My friend Crystal, who blogs at SimplyBeingMommy in Texas, shared her thoughts on this movie this past summer over dinner. After she explained the premise, I was captivated and made a note to catch this movie on DVD.
Chris Pine, who plays Sam, is a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman whose latest deal collapses the day he learns his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home to put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. While there, he uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down — he has a 30-year-old sister (Banks) he never knew existed.
Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks are an awesome duo to watch on screen (this was truly Banks’ year with her awesome portrayal of Effie Tinket in The Hunger Games this summer) yet Michelle Pfeiffer who plays Sam’s mom in the movie is who really resonated with me.
The closing scene, which I had been given a heads up on before watching the movie, still made me sob. It’s absolutely heartbreaking and something, as a parent, that makes an impact. I won’t share the ending, of course, but will just say that you should probably have a box of tissues handy.
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