Have you ever walked into a movie thinking you knew exactly what you were about to see and then when the film started you were blown away by a story nothing like your preconceived notions? I have and the movie was DreamWorks Studio’s newest film, “People Like Us“.
People Like Us Review
I was drawn in within seconds of the film’s opening and I instantly hated Chris Pine as the lead male character. He plays a slick salesman who’ll do just about anything to make a sale. He’s the sleazy used car salesman type only he’s worse. And then we meet Frankie. A single mom who’s living a life on the edge – a cocktail waitress with too little dress and too much cleavage, raising a child who’s not conforming to societies standards in dress, mannerisms, or mood.
So many truly unlikable characters….or at least I thought so. And then they changed as their stories unfolded and I loved them. I loved their quirks and their failings as human beings and I truly cared about what happened to them.
I’m not going to tell you any more about the plot because I want you to have the same delicious unfurling of the story like I had. Just know that it’s a rewarding movie with a fabulous tale and some amazing acting. Perhaps the story rings true because it’s based on fact. It’s the life story of the director, Alex Kurtzman, and I got a chance to speak with him after screening his film.
Kurtzman is a charming fellow with curly brown hair and a glimmer in his eye. He spoke lovingly of his film and the actors he chose to portray the important characters who would ultimately share his story. While not completely biographical, it is heavily based on his own life and his family and it’s helped him to come to terms with his childhood.
This is Kurtzman’s directorial debut of a feature film. He’s well knows as a screenwriter who’s worked on some blockbuster movies like “Star Trek,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible III” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” But this film is very, very different. He wrote “People Like Us” with some longtime friends – Jody Lambert and Roberto Orci. All three are LA natives and they wanted to showcase what they feel is the authentic LA – the places the old timers frequent like Cole’s French Dip and Henry’s Tacos.
Interesting People Like Us Film Facts:
- One of the early scenes in the film involves a character blowing up a pool with a stolen sodium rock – that particular scene is based on Lambert’s real life antics as a high school student.
- In the film, the dad’s study is filled with music business memorabilia. Much of it was owned by Lambert’s father, Dennis Lambert, a Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee. His hits as writer and/or producer included: “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got)”, “Baby Come Back” and “Nightshift”. Jody Lambert showed Ida Random (production designer ) his storage unit crammed full of his father’s memorabilia and she chose much of it to complete the set. She included photographs of Lambert himself and his actual Gold Records.
- Rhino Records, on of the oldest vinyl stores still open, is used in one of the films scenes.
- The school scenes were shot at the famous Hollywood High which in the film becomes a middle school.
There are no car chases and only one explosion, but there is so very much more to this movie. It’s a quiet little film that deserves to be seen and one I enjoyed immensely.
Connect with People Like Us
- Facebook: http://facebook.com/peoplelikeus
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ppllikeusmovie
- Official Website: http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/people-like-us
People Like Us Cast & Crew:
- Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks,Olivia Wilde, Michael Hall D’Addario, Philip Baker Hall, Mark Duplass, and Michelle Pfeiffer
- Alex Kurtzman (Director, Writer, Executive Producer), Roberto Orci (Producer, Writer), Bobby Cohen (Producer), Clayton Townsend (Producer), Jody Lambert (Writer)
People Like Us is in theaters everywhere – beat the summer heat and enjoy this fabulous movie!
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