Everyday People is a fictional story set in a restaurant called Raskins in Brooklyn, NYC. The restaurant is about to close, and the film explores the impact on the lives of the people who work there.

And it’s bloody awful. I was interested to see how it depicted life in the service industry, and it kind of gets the mood right, but fails to deliver anything like an interesting film. Instead we’re delivered schmaltz and sentimentality instead of substance. in fact, it took two sittings to get through it all.

Certainly I admired the attempt to depict the lives of what amount to the working poor in New York, but the writers have attempted to do too much in the time given, and instead deliver such fleeting glimpses that you’re left wondering what in the hell the story was all about. I get that it was supposed to be a snapshot of the film. I get that it’s supposed to skim across the lives of the characters to deliver “collage” of their lives. But it comes across more like a montage set to some reasonably cool soul music.

Avoid. Maybe buy the soundtrack. But save the two hours for another something in your life.

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