People Business (2010) – By Brian Morton

A drama about day to day life can be a difficult movie to make. And, making the story of two audio editors’ lives, you might imagine that it could get tedious. Well, the new movie People Business tells us this story and manages to do it without slowing down too much.

Here’s the story: CJ and Frank are two audio editors for a motivational speaking company. Their job is terribly dull, and the two find themselves in a rut. CJ has turned to drinking and collecting action figures, while Frank’s life is falling apart and it’s all he can do to keep his work from following suit. The only high point in their lives is a band they both belong to, but even that is becoming more of a drudge than a hobby. As the movie unfolds, we learn more about our two ‘heroes’ and find ourselves being more and more drawn into their lives. When it’s all said and done, both CJ and Frank’s lives have changed and…as they say…life goes on.

People Business has its moments, the acting is very good but the story is a bit iffy. It began to feel like the movie was dragging, like CJ and Frank’s lives themselves, and by the time we get to the end, I was more than ready for it. David Malboeuf has crafted a movie that’s very close to real life, and the problem with that is the real life can be a bit dull (as we all know), I felt bad for CJ and Frank, but I never felt really drawn into their lives, I felt like they were bored and that translated to me too. I’m giving People Business 2 1/2 out of 4 cigars, it’s a bit long and a bit dry, but it’s an interesting slice of real life. You can find out more about People Business by heading over to