Swanner: Movies during the summer are either special effect superhero movies, R rated comedies or animated films. That’s pretty much every summer to a tee. Studios have been trying to sneak in more adult oriented stories. The Exotic Marigold Hotel and last year’s Midnight in Paris are perfect examples. This week one of those films open called People Like Us, about a family dealing with the death of a father and the discovery of his hidden family. Chris Pine stars as the son who makes all the discoveries and Elizabeth Banks plays his newly found sibling.
Judd: You forgot to mention Michelle Pfeiffer as Chris Pine’s mother who, for as glamorous as she was and still can be, has tackled “older woman” roles with aplomb. I forgot that Midnight in Paris was a summer movie, and it’s movies like that and this one that bring a welcome respite to the barrage of action we’re inundated with from May through August. While I thought People Like Us had its moments that were schmaltzy and heavy-handed, it’s still a very good movie and a satisfying alternative to summer’s usual offerings.
Swanner: The film was directed by Alex Kurtzman. He also wrote the film with Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert. Kurtzman and Orci we’re both the writers of the new Star Trek films, Cowboys and Aliens and the Transformer movies. They can write for a big movie and here they can obviously write for a smaller film. I know you called scenes schmaltzy but I never found anything schmaltzy but then again this movie is so me. Once Pine comes home I was hooked. Pfeiffer did and awesome job with her role and would be an Oscar contender if this film had come out later in the year.
Judd: It might surprise us and get an Oscar nod later on, who knows? The editing is a little fast paced for this type of film. There was one scene where Pine storms out of the house and drives off in his father’s gigantic mid-70s Grand Marquis convertible. During this, there a series of Guy Ritchie like quick jump cuts of Pine starting the car that felt so out of place it was jostling. Otherwise, as a whole, this is one of the better movies we’ve seen in the past couple weeks.
Swanner: It’s probably my favorite film so far this year. It’s got wonderful performances with a terrific script. I liked the soundtracks diversity (since the father was a music producer) and that car Brian had mentioned was pretty sweet. As I said before, this is my kind of movie and the ending of the film was fantastic. Such a subtle twist and beautifully executed. I loved the film and hope it finds its audience.