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.

44%

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Reviews Counted: 39

43%
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Reviews Count: 0
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43%
Average Rating: 3.1/5

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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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  • Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.

    Aug 10, 2014 | Full Review…

    Justin Chang

    Variety
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  • The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • I was pleasantly surprised by much of "About Alex," a film that features a stronger-than-average ensemble for this subgenre even if it too often succumbs to predictable, traditional turns of Screenwriting 101.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The chronicle of a less self-absorbed generation, it's less annoying than The Big Chill but also less funny.

    Aug 8, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • The insight that social media fosters false intimacy is old news. The film shows only a half-formed sense of how careers have changed in 30 years.

    Aug 7, 2014 | Full Review…

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½

Excellent. This is a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with emotionally-moving characters who feel very real. Worth seeing.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

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½

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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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