20. 'People Like Us'
There was a huge, cavernous hole in Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut. The story centers on Sam (Chris Pine) a scheming New York businessman who returns to LA after the death of his father. He soon discovers that he has a down on her luck sister, Frankie (Elizabeth Banks), and an 11-year-old nephew Josh (Michael Hall D'Addario) that he never knew about. His father left him nothing in the will. Instead, he left instructions that Sam give $150,000 to his grandson Josh (instructions only Sam knows about). (Confused? Trust us, it gets worse...) Sam's conflict is that this is money he could desperately use for himself. It would be one thing for Sam to keep the money after meeting both Frankie and Sam (after basically stalking them), but he doesn't tell him who he is - for no apparent reason. In fact, he keeps it a secret for days and weeks in the movie's timeline. If he wasn't sure whether to give the money that's one thing, but that shouldn't stop him from revealing he's related to this people he's becoming "friends" with. It's such a false suspension of disbelief that the entire film falters on its already flimsy premise.
- Gregory Ellwood