Returning home to see his mother (Michelle Pfieffer) with girlfriend Hannah (Olivia Wilde) and late for his deceased pop's funeral, Harper is summoned to a local attorney's office to go through his father's will. Here he discovers that he's been left a shaving kit bag containing $150k, with a note revealing that his father also had a second family. Adding to this revelation, the note asks Harper to give the cash to "Josh" (Michael Hall D'Addario), who we learn is in fact Sam's 10-year-old nephew - born of single mum (and Sam's newfound sister) Frankie (Elizabeth Banks).
Of course, there are several niggling problems that threaten to undo such good work. The film's longish runtime results in the final, emotionally-charged reveal lacking the necessary punch. Equally the brother/sister dynamic walks a thin line, developing into a rom-com-esque sideshow that's more than a little disturbing given the familial ties.
Nevertheless, there's just about enough packing into People Like Us to keep mainstream audience's entertained, especially if you have a taste for previous, arguably inferior Sparks-based melodramas such as The Notebook (2004) and/or The Lucky One (2012). Kurtzman's inaugural outing is admittedly laced with pitfalls of the genre and its relatively lengthy runtime is certainly against it, but bolstered by a set of amiable performances, this well-handled drama may well find more than a few fans.