Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 115 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 14+. Bullying, crude sexual talk and implied sexual activity, some cursing, and some drinking and drug use. Acceptable for younger teens, especially because the film ultimately has a heart-warming message.
‘People Like Us’ wants to be a satisfying crowd-pleaser about the meaning of love, life, and family. It delivers that message unsurprisingly and inoffensively enough … and then spends another 20 minutes dragging things along toward a totally expected conclusion.
By Roxana Hadadi
“People Like Us” is probably one of the only films this summer that isn’t about superheroes, fairy tales, animated animals, assassins, or time travel. It’s about regular people struggling with real-life problems—revolving around life, love, money, family—and in that sense, it’s certainly a refreshing change from this summer’s blockbuster bombast. But in its attempt to really resonate with us emotionally, “People Like Us” drags out its sentimental themes, wearing down its own once-believable premise.