Just watched Rain Man for the first time.
A couple weeks ago I saw a new movie called People Like Us.
These movies start out on the same basis, with similar characters, problems and situations. A greedy guy in a semi-dishonest relationship gets a call that his estranged father has just died. He has to fly across the country to go to the funeral, taking his supportive, but dissatisfied girlfriend with him. After the funeral, the will is read and he finds out that he wasn’t left everything he hoped. Instead, he comes to the realization that he has a sibling he never knew about and the majority of his father’s inheritance is going to them. Of course he decides to pursue the money and meet his sibling.
At this point, the movies cease to follow the exact arc. In Rain Man the protagonist discovers that his brother is a high-functioning autistic savant. In People Like Us the protagonist meets his half-sister who is a single mom and recovering alcoholic. These sound like completely different scenarios, but the initial plot is so alike that I had trouble differentiating between them.
I’m not gonna say that Rain Man is a better movie though. In fact, for something so well-known, I thought Rain Man had very clear writing problems. At least one subplot went absolutely nowhere. The movie is told from Tom Cruise’s character’s point of view–the guy who finds out he has a brother–until half-way through the movie, then it’s all Rain Man’s viewpoint.
Except when it’s not.
This movie breaks a lot of rules. And I’m a rule-breaker. I guess I was just disappointed at the way it broke rules.