The first trailer for the drama People Like Us (formerly titled Welcome to People) has gone online. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Roberto Orci and relative newcomer Jody Lambert. The story centers on a man (Chris Pine) who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he never met (Elizabeth Banks). Despite the grating pop-rock song, the trailer doesn’t look half bad. Though the story could turn sappy really fast, there look to be some swell performances from the film’s impressive cast. The plot device comes off a bit too Pay it Forward-like for my taste, but hopefully that’s just a result of trying to sell the story in a two-minute trailer. Nevertheless, the film does look to be walking a very fine line between cheese-fest and solid character drama, but I’m sincerely pulling for the latter.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass and Jon Favreau. People Like Us opens on June 29th.
Trailer via Moviefone.
Here’s the synopsis for People Like Us.
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.