People Like Us: Family Issues

Troubles and issues associated with families are steadily becoming a significant social problem in our culture today. According to the Baptist Press, a survey conducted by Lifeway Christian Resources names “absence of father figure,” “financial pressures,” and “balance of work and family” as three of the top ten issues facing families (Noel). These issues are just a few problems that aid to family dysfunction in the United States of America and worldwide. A 2012 Dreamworks Picture production directed by Alex Kurtzman depicts the problems listed above in a movie entitled People Like Us (Spieldberg, Dreamworks Studios). The movie, which depicts both sides of a family issue, is actually based on a true events that happened in director Alex Kurtzman’s own life (Bibbiani). A review from by Bruce Bennett describes the movie as examining “the cost of broken, fatherless relationships in subtle but direct ways” (Bennett, Rotten Tomatos). I chose to use this movie in my paper after watching it with a friend one evening around a month ago. Although the move itself was not all that successful in the box office and did not receive much positive feedback from movie critics, I feel that the movie is an excellent representation of the effects that certain family issues have on society. The movie stars Chris Pine as Sam, a guy, who after the death of his father, discovers that he has a sister he never knew about. The movie then leads the audience through an eventful plotline in which both siblings “re-examine their perceptions about family and life choices.” The plot is centered on Sam (Chris Pines), a struggling corporate barterer who lives in New York. After one of his company deals violated federal law, he finds himself in t... ... middle of paper ... ....p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Bibbiani, William. "A Roundabout Way: Alex Kurtzman on People Like Us - CraveOnline." RSS 20. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "First Steps For The Betrayed Spouse." Marriage Advocates. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Mooney, Linda A., David Knox, and Caroline Schacht. Understanding Social Problems. 8th ed. Minneapolis/St. Paul: West Pub., 1997. Print. Noel, Brooklyn. "LifeWay Survey Examines Top 10 Issues Facing Families - Baptist Press." Baptist Press. N.p., 9 May 2006. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "People Like Us (film)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 28 Apr. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "People Like Us." IMDb., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. Spielberg, Steve. "People Like Us | DreamWorks Studios." People Like Us | DreamWorks Studios. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014. "Truth About Deception." Truth About Deception. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2014.
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