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People Like Us: Blu Ray Review

Find the dramatic comedy People Like Us in stores on Oct. 2nd, 2012. Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures

How many perfect families are there? The honesty presented in a film like People Like Us gives us a glimpse into the dysfunctions that plague a modern family, all the while, keeping us readily entertained.

In People Like Us, we follow a struggling salesman, Sam (Chris Pine), as he deals with reconciling with his family after his neglectful father’s passing. When settling his estate, Sam discovers a half-sister and his dad’s secret life.

Witty, truthful, and heartfelt all describe this drama. From the guys who wrote Transformers and Star Trek (2009), both Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci find a completely different angle in which to tell a story. Both writers, with the aid of Jody Lambert, piece together a multitude of character studies in this tightly knit film.

Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde and Michael Hall D’Addario deliver true to life dramatic and comedic performances. It’s one of the truest example of genuine acting I’ve seen in a long while.

The Blu Ray + DVD release features a decent set of special features to accompany the fantastic film. They include a behind the scenes look at how the story came to be and the production footage in Number One With A Bullet: The Story Behind People Like Us. There’s also Taco Talk, which gives you Chris Pine’s and Elizabeth Banks’ complete improvisational and hilarious scene at the taco stand. Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary are also included.

Bottom Line: Come for the comedy, stay for the heart. Well worth owning.

Movie Grade A
Blu Ray Grade B+

Runtime: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

This Means War: Making date night a barrel of laughs

Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, and Chris Pine battle it out in This Means War. In theatres everywhere February 14.

Do you find it difficult to sit through a movie that leans heavily toward one gender’s enjoyment? This Means War attempts to balance the romantic comedy genre by mixing it with action.

It’s an age old premise – Two men fall for the same woman and wreak havoc on each other to win her affections. Spice it up with super CIA operatives as the male leads and the plot sizzles.

Chris Pine (Star Trek), Tom Hardy (Inception), and Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) keep things light with a good sense of comedic chemistry and romantic harmony. However, nobody tickled my funny bone like Chelsea Handler, who stole every scene she was in.

The characters are somewhat one-dimensional, but they’re engaging and at times felt real – Something unexpected from this type of film.

McG (Terminator Salvation, Charlie’s Angels) obviously wasn’t going for realism in his direction presenting the CIA as a light-hearted parody of the actual organization. He balanced the story well and allowed screen time for the each character in the love triangle to connect with the audience.

Clearly the goal was to provide gobs of entertainment and not take home an Oscar statuette.

Bottom Line: This is a perfectly timed, bang-for-your-buck date movie. Saint Valentine would be proud.

Grade B

Runtime: 98 minutes


3D: No