People Like Us has had a rough start. Between being unable to choose a title, as the film was eventually changed from Welcome to People, the film had an uncertain release date until just a little while ago. Now, the drama is set to be released this summer, and has a very impressive cast. With Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde, and Michelle Pfeiffer being just the tip of the iceberg, the movie has yet to step up its game in marketing. Now, Dreamworks and Touchstone have released the first trailer for the movie, and it actually looks to be a hard-hitting affair.
From DreamWorks Pictures comes ‘People Like Us,’ a drama/comedy about family, inspired by true events, starring Chris Pine (‘Star Trek’) as Sam, a twenty-something, fast-talking salesman, whose latest deal collapses on the day he learns that his father has suddenly died. Against his wishes, Sam is called home, where he must put his father’s estate in order and reconnect with his estranged family. In the course of fulfilling his father’s last wishes, Sam uncovers a startling secret that turns his entire world upside down: He has a 30-year-old sister Frankie whom he never knew about (Elizabeth Banks). As their relationship develops, Sam is forced to rethink everything he thought he knew about this family–and re-examine his own life choices in the process.
While the movie may look like your typical feel-good feature, it certainly looks to be a fantastic and interesting story at the least. The trailer essentially pops the question of what you would do in a similar situation, while also showing this intriguing relationship between brother and sister grow into something worthwhile. Not every character exactly gets their moment in the sun in the first trailer, but I’d expect a decent amount of coverage as marketing may finally kick up. Furthermore, with plenty of big blockbusters headed out way, it’s nice to see a film actually go for the heart, and show the more dramatic side of the summer.
People Like Us opens on June 29th.