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July 23, 2014

If Only... (16)

If only People Like Us were a book.

Haven't seen or heard of the movie yet? Here's a taste:

While settling his recently deceased father's estate, a salesman discovers he has a sister whom he never knew about, leading both siblings to re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.

Fun fact: I never expected to like this movie, let alone love it. To be honest, I was initially in it for the fact that I adore both Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks. People Like Us is such a simple concept, and from what I've seen of reviews, many think it was melodramatic and overdone, but it resonated quite strongly with me. I've got one older brother and he's always looked out for me, so it was sweet to watch Sam (Pine) look after Frankie (Banks) after so many years of not knowing about her existence. Also adorable, and entirely amusing because he had such a potty mouth, was Frankie's son Josh.

As a novel, this film would definitely fit more of an adult contemporary category. However, I think a lot could be said for characters that are so complex and multidimensional. They make the story without setting playing much of a part. I wouldn't be surprised if a literary version also had the capacity to make me cry. A tale like this one could be just as powerful and poignant when told through words, and I would absolutely love to read it.

Thoughts on my choice for this week? Feel free to comment! :)

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