The intimate, affecting family drama “People Like Us,” loosely based on real-life experiences in the life of co-writer/first-time director Alex Kurtzman, opened in theaters Friday. To read my positive review, click here.
Kurtzman has co-written more than his share of summer popcorn movies, including “Mission: Impossible III,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” the first two “Transformers” flicks and J.J. Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” reboot. “People Like Us” is a significant change of pace for the Hollywood scribe, as well as for the film’s leading man, Chris “Captain James T. Kirk” Pine. To read my interview with Chris Pine and Alex Kurtzman, click here.
The filmmaker used his box-office clout to recruit some great talents to help him with his directorial debut, including Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman (“Slumdog Millionaire”), who contributes a lovely, heartfelt score.
Even better, Rahman also collaborated with indie rocker Liz Phair on the gorgeous end theme “Dotted Line,” one of the best closing songs I’ve heard at a movie in a long time. It matches up with the film’s emotionally satisfying ending perfectly.
Listen to “Dotted Line” here: