Five-star trailer: “People Like Us”

I’m initiating a new feature on my blog–the posting of a “five-star trailer” of a film that is coming soon to a theater near you! This would be a great posting to have in between my film reviews or when I check out a trailer that catches my attention and has me counting down the days until to its theatrical release.

The first trailer up is a new family drama called People Like Us starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. From the trailer, this looks to be a good drama and if the buzz and critical reviews are positive, it could be a “sleeper hit” of the Summer since it’s not your typical Summer film (think last year’s sleeper hit The Help).

The film is rated PG-13 and is scheduled for U.S. release on June 29.

About People Like Us:

A man is tasked with delivering $150,000 of his deceased father’s fortune to the sister he has never met.

Also with Pine:

Pine starred as James T. Kirk in director J. J. Abrams’ successful reboot of Star Trek in 2009. The film earned glowing reviews and was highly entertaining to me–and considering I’m a non-“Trekkie,” my enjoyment of the film is a big surprise. I look forward to Abrams’ planned Trek sequel, which is scheduled for release next year.

Recommended film with a similar theme:

When it comes to a family drama about siblings, I couldn’t recommend 2000’s You Can Count on Me more. Directed by Kenneth Longeran, the film stars Laura Linney (in a well-deserved Oscar-nominated performance) as a single mother whose life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town (played by Mark Ruffalo). This is a fine drama with excellent performances by Linney and Ruffalo. Dramas about siblings are kind of rare, so this film was a much-welcome change of pace.

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