DVD review | People Like Us – Chris Pine beams down from the bridge to play a slick-talking salesman

Star Trek’s Chris Pine leaves the bridge of the Starship Enterprise and beams down to earth for People Like Us – a serious family drama that just happens to have been created by Star Trek reboot writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. He’s Sam, a slick-talking New York salesman whose life is turned inside out after he flies out to Los Angeles to attend the funeral of his estranged father and discovers that he has a half-sister, recovering alcoholic Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and a nephew, 11-year-old Josh (Michael Hall D’Addario). Pine and his co-stars (who include Michelle Pfeiffer as Sam’s mum) deliver solid performances, but the melodramatic story never achieves warp speed.

Released on Blu-ray & DVD by Touchstone Home Entertainment on Monday 4th March.


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