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‘People Like Us’ Trailer Sells Chris Pine Family Drama

People Like Us
DreamWorks Pictures

People Like Us‘ is summer counter-programming, though it has a big-budget summer cast that includes Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jon Favreau. If that’s surprising for what looks like a small emotional movie, it’s directed by Alex Kurtzman – who wrote the script with writing partner Roberto Orci. And that may be the explanation to the cast: he’s worked with most of them before. Check out the trailer…

This is coming out June 29, so it’s opening against ‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘ and comes out four days before ‘The Amazing Spider-Man.’ It’s either got play as the adult alternative, or it’s going to die a quick death. As Kurtzman has written scripts for ‘Star Trek,’ the first two ‘Transformers’ films, and ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ this is likely the pay-off for being behind so many successful big budget movies.

But this is also the sort of movie that would be standard fare twenty or thirty years ago. It’s got actors dealing with heavy family drama and secrets that allows for third act speeches about learning important life lessons, and a high-concept drama plot that recalls J.J. Abrams screenplay for ‘Regarding Henry.’ Less violence maybe, but similar histrionics. Perhaps that’s unfair, and after a couple of weeks of empty-calorie summer films this could be the right antidote to the sturm und drang of the blockbuster season.

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