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Mark: Welcome back to Schmoeville…what was that? Kristian? Is that you?? What the hell was that?
M: Welcome back to the Schmoes Know show everyone, Kristian is currently in Gettysburg looking for wooden stakes, so I’m all on my own for People Like Us.
M: Speaking of Kristian, there’s good dads…like him, he’s managing…and not so good dads, like the father in this movie. He’s not exactly Darth Vader, but he does share some of those same characteristics.
M: When you think about it, there’s not too many movies out there featuring a brother and a sister who have no idea they’re related. We all know how that ended on Planet Hoth when Luke and Leia made out, and now joining the Star Wars films is People Like Us.
M: Folk, let me tell you right off the bat, this is a really good movie…it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s engaging. No car chases scenes, but hey…nobody’s perfect. This is the story of Sam and Frankie. Sam is down on his luck, his career is at a standstill…he’s dating Olivia Wilde, so he’s go something going for him. But then his dad dies…he was never that close to him, he may even be what you call estranged. And then he gets left $150,000 in the will, but there’s a catch: he has to give that money to his sister Frankie. Sounds easy enough…I could do that for my sister. Except Sam has no idea he has a sister. Frankie has no idea she has a brother. This is not your normal family…Thanksgiving probably got weird.
M: Touchy-feely zaniness ensues from there, and what I really dug about this movie is that it could have milked cheap laughs, it could have gone for the heartstrings, but it never does that, it feels real the whole time you’re watching. Sam becomes aware that he has a sister so he’s scoping her out from afar, seeing her relationship with her son…Frankie meets Sam and still has no idea that’s her brother, so it could get romantic. Unfortunately that’s frowned upon by 46 out of the 50 states of the union.
M: It’s grounded, it’s real the entire time and that’s a testament to the cast. Chris Pine plays Sam and he’s really impressed me in everything he’s done. Let’s forget about This Means War, because I’m pretty sure eveyone else in the general public has…he’s Captain Kirk 2.0, terrific in Star Trek and in this one he gets to act a little differently…the dude’s got serious chops, as does the great, the beautiful, the talented Michelle Pfieffer. She’s never been below fantastic in anything she’s ever done. Though I never saw Grease 2. Maybe we put that in the same bin as This Means War…and I’ll get out the Men in Black memory eraser, and zap.
M: As far as I’m concerned, this movie is completely stolen by one Elizabeth Banks…now Ms. Banks has had an interesting history here on the Schmoes show: we got a little sick of her n 2009, because she was in every movie that came out that year. Seriously, imdb it…that’s not hyperbole, she was in every movie. And now she’s back, she’s had some good roles recently, and this one? She just knocked me over the head and dragged me back to her cave: I am an Elizabeth Banks fan now. Not quite ready to give her a nomination for something, because it’s not really that time of year…so don’t get your dress made yet, but get Vera Wang’s phone number. That’s right, I know who makes the Oscar dresses.
M: And I can’t stress this enough, this movie works because of the performances…in less capable hands, some of the twists in this movie you wouldn’t buy. And honestly, I didn’t totally get that Chris Pine was all that estranged from his parents…the movie sets it up to where he had this horrible childhood. His dad was around the whole time, he just would rather get high with The Eagles and Jackson Browne. And I gotta be honest with ya…I’d rather do that than play catch with my kid.
M: Regardless of how the film plays out, you leave the theater thinking “you know what? My siblings aren’t that bad.” I’m gonna call my sister and apologize for ripping off her Princess Leia doll’s head when I was 2 years old. Sorry sis, I’ll get you a new one at ComicCon.
M: So far this summer has been pretty much home runs or whiffs, and I’m proud to say that People Like Us is another dinger…I’m gonna give People Like Us 4.1/5 Schmoes; fantastic movie and it felt a little like Beginners to me. Not the subject matter, but that in the middle of the summer season you get a nice real story that you can enjoy watching with the entire family. Listen to me, I sound like a Disney commercial. Ugh.
M: Well that’s all for your pal Mark on this episode of Schmoes Know…how about you guys, were you aware this movie was coming out? Do you wanna see People Like Us? Do you like seeing movies like this in the middle of the summer superhero season. Speaking of that, seeing Spiderman this week, very excited about that, and check out our podcast every Wednesday on the Toad Hop network. Peace…don’t make out with your sister, kids.