Every family has its fair share of dysfunction. No family is ever going to be perfect – that’s the definition. I myself proudly wear the title of Black Sheep in my family. We all get along and everything, but I’m… different. They call it “liberal,” I call it “progressive,” but whatever you call it we don’t discuss politics or my weekend activities. I suppose you wouldn’t call this “dysfunction” – but my wife’s family, on the other hand… well, we just won’t get into that. The point is that I have met very few completely well-adjusted families. Even though all may seem fine on the surface, there will always be dirty secrets and awkward relationships.
So imagine finding out you have family you never even knew existed.
Thus is the premise of the film People Like Us, which opens this weekend at Village 8 Theater as part of the Louisville Exclusive series, which presents limited runs of foreign, art, and otherwise limited-release films. Chris Pine stars as Sam, a businessman with money problems whose father has just died. With this comes the revelation that his father had another family, and he has a half-sister (Elizabeth Banks) and a nephew (Michael Hall D’Addario). The drama unfolds as all parties involved struggle to come to terms with this new reality.
People Like Us marks the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman, but it’s likely you are familiar with much of his work, as he was co-writer of such films as The Island, Mission Impossible III, Transformers, Watchmen, and Star Trek (for which he was also executive producer).
People Like Us is scheduled to play at Village 8 until Thursday, August 9 (but is subject to extension). Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Further theater information and showtimes can be found at the Village 8 website.
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