About Alex

2014

About Alex

Critics Consensus

About Alex pointedly provokes comparisons to The Big Chill, but the script doesn't have enough substance to support them -- or give its talented cast enough to work with.

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In About Alex, a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group's best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, About Alex is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all - and wants more. -- (C) Screen Media Films

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (22)

  • Though it may be reminiscent of too many greater or similar films, About Alex at least does what it does well, and there's enough passion in the proceedings to reel you in to the final frames.

    August 30, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Most of the characters are superficial and underdeveloped, while the film itself is filled with predictable scenarios. Strong performances by the cast elevate the material, but it's simply not enough.

    August 17, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

    Neil Rosen

    NY1-TV
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  • Perhaps we can view this in 30 years as a lightweight text mirroring some of Occupy Wall Street, and perhaps the rise of Elizabeth Warren, although I'm quite sure it will be forgotten about well before then.

    March 26, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Nice to meet you, Truthteller. Meet your fellow stereotypes...

    July 14, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • A riff on the 1983 classic The Big Chill, this ensemble drama's reunion of old friends differs because Alex's suicide fails this time.

    September 15, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, the portrayals in About Alex are all caricatures that don't really ring true.

    August 14, 2014 | Rating: 4.9/10 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 14, 2016
    Excellent. This is a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with emotionally-moving characters who feel very real. Worth seeing.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Amusingly the screenplay completely misses something that is totally obvious about these people . . . that none of them should continue to be friends. True to the blind optimism my generation often has about itself the film, against all the evidence it presents to the contrary, forces the characters to believe that their friendships still have meaning.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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