Film: People Like Us or Sinners?
The film People Like Us would have better been named "Sinners Like Us", but then who would actually go see the movie which debuts June 29th, 2012.
The film is about a struggling man, named Sam, who flies home to Los Angeles for the funeral of his seldom seen record-producer father. Chris learns that the estate has left $150,000 cash to his then yet-unknown sister, Frankie, and her 12-year old son.
The real meat in the movie is delivered if one realizes that Sam is the typical person in the world: lying and cheating his way through it, then covering up his self-inflicted wounds with band-aids. Before the film is through Sam lies to everyone in the film. He blames everyone, but himself, for his predicaments in life.
However, Sam is on the track to his salvation. He meets his nephew and his sister for the first time and makes a personal connection with someone else in the world besides himself. He stalks Frankie to a Christian 12-step program where he develops a bond with her and then later in the film, he stalks his nephew.
In the film, Sam loses just about everything in his life: his father, his mother, his sister, his nephew, his job and his girlfriend. However, along the way, he somehow discovers how to love someone else besides himself.
Sam is sitting back and staring up towards the ceiling as the soundtrack by A R Rahman sings the words; "Writing on the Wall." Then later, the soundtrack plays a perfectly timed lyric about being in need of "salvation."
When one has ears to hear and eyes to see, then it is clear that the film People Like Us is really talking about "Sinners Like Us." It is truly for those sinners, who know it by the writing on the wall and who know they are in need of salvation.