About Alex


Action / Drama


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Aubrey Plaza as Sarah
Maggie Grace as Siri
Jason Ritter as Alex
1.44 GB
23.976 fps
1hr 39 min
P/S 2 / 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Clayton Davis ([email protected]) 8 / 10

'About Alex' is a Dream!

Large ensembles have the opportunity to say different things from different characters. Before screening at Tribeca, many were calling this "our generation's" Big Chill from 1984, which was directed by Lawrence Kasdan and nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Picture. While there are obvious similarities in the number of people who are present, and themes surrounding love and death, newcomer Jesse Zwick, son of producer/director Edward Zwick, pours his heart and soul into each frame and reinvents a masterful motion picture. About Alex is a raw and beautiful morality piece about where the late twenty- somethings are presently. I loved nearly every second.

About Alex tells the story of seven friends who reunite over a three-day weekend after one of them attempts suicide. As the friends take shifts to watch their unpredictable old friend Alex, past and new feelings come to the surface.

An all-star is assembled that includes Aubrey Plaza (NBC's "Park and Recreation"), Maggie Grace (Taken), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Nate Parker (Arbitrage), Jason Ritter (Freddy vs. Jason), Max Greenfield (FOX's "New Girl"), and Jane Levy (ABC's "Suburgatory"). Each one of the actor's know their parts, actions, motivations, and completely immerse themselves in the characters. In particular, the standouts include Greenfield, who continues to steal every frame, from every show or film he's in, and Plaza, who takes on a new departure for herself and succeeds.

Jesse Zwick, for his first writing and directorial feature, shows much promise of what could be an elaborate career. He handles his scenes with firm hands and a watchful eye of what he chooses to show and not show the viewer. He allows the surroundings, both inside and outside, become two new characters for the audience to embrace. Everything put together in About Alex is simply impressive.

There are some technical hiccups that the film suffers from. Choices made by the film's editor doesn't smoothly transition from one scene to the other. As independent films go, the film stands tall on its own merits but I would have liked a more polished final product.

All in all, About Alex is an absolute dream. Full of laughs and tears, the film raises the bar for this type of genre. It's a thoughtful piece that will have admirers for years to come. It's the best cast ensemble seen this year and of the Tribeca Film Festival.

Reviewed by MovieLord23 6 / 10

An OK remake of The Big Chill

Have you seen The Big Chill? Well, you've seen About Alex. It features a lot of similar aspects to that film only with younger people involved. Now having a similar plot is OK if the movie still stands up on its own feet, but About Alex just sort of settles into indie dramedy forgetfulness.

Good:The cast involved all do a good job. Maggie Grace finally has a character to work with after those Taken movies. Jane Levy getting some deserved screen time and Aubrey Plaza putting in some of that trademark dry humor. The men who include Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, and Max Minghella all do good work and bring some funny scenes.

Bad: Despite a good cast and conversations between the characters, the movie lacks any true emotional support. The fact that it borrows a lot from The Big Chill doesn't help, but it felt light in the drama department and it is just watching people being tense with each other which is good, but nothing memorable.

Overall, if you want to see a solid indie dramedy and you don't mind the overt comparisons with The Big Chill, then this is a good choice although it doesn't reach its potential.

Reviewed by GoldieCharm 8 / 10

Loved it!

I just saw this movie and I am really hoping that many people will go see it. While I found myself comparing it to the Big Chill in several spots, the characters do a good job at making it their own. The casting is incredible. I was fully immersed in the story, hoping for certain outcomes in the character's lives, feeling deeply for some, finding comedic relief in others. Being that the attempted suicide by one member of this group of friends is at the heart of this "reunion", I have to applaud Jesse Zwick for not only taking it on, but for also not shying away from showing the many layers of human emotion that surround it ... the misunderstandings, outrage, fear and blame, guilt, and above all love and forgiveness, and hopefully different choices that can be made as an outcome. Good job to the new director/screen writer. You had me at hello.

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