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Strengths: The ensemble cast is what really makes this film work. It's such a talented group and there are several standouts. Aubrey Plaza (Sarah) is possibly the best of the bunch. Not only was her performance strong and her chemistry with almost every other actor crucial, but her character gets an arc that works. She grows and goes through a fair amount interacting with old friends. Jane Levy (Kate) was also great, playing the one person who wasn't friends with everyone before, and though she's younger than everyone else, she experiences some hardships while there. Jason Ritter (Alex), Maggie Grace (Siri) and Max Greenfield (Josh) all give some of the best work of their respective careers. The movie is well written and features a good amount of intertwining stories for most of the characters. It's reliant on dialogue and acting, both of which are delivered in spades.
Weaknesses: The idea of a group of friends who became estranged and come back together for an event is a clichéd one. Even a look at the poster tells you that the idea behind the movie is kind of generic. This does have a tougher subject behind the premise, yet it kind of gets wasted. It feels like more attention should be paid to how these people deal with the attempted suicide. Instead, they mostly focus on the past friendships and romances, so the suicide is somewhat glossed over. Many of the characters fit the clichés you've come to expect in movies like this (arrogant tool, struggling writer, couple with issues over a baby, etc.).
Overall: In a movie like this, acting and dialogue are so crucial. Thankfully, this movie nails those aspects and it makes for a better film. The performances are mostly strong, allowing this to overcome some of the cliché flaws it has.
Big Chill wanna be complete with a suicide (or almost), oldish music and dancing, one many with a younger girl and one person staying...UUGGHH. I love Jason Ritter but he needs a better movie to be in.
great ensemble. prefect ensemble movie. everyone was great. so interesting to see a whole movie full of tv actors.
Oh look! Another movie about a group of friends who drifted apart coming together again, airing out their grievances, and making some sort of amends. That is something that has never been done before, right? And look at that poster. Is that not the most generic movie poster ever? Despite the lack of originality in the initial impression Jesse Zwick's About Alex is well-written with strong performances.
The even that brings this group of college buddies back together for the weekend is the attempted suicide of Alex (Jason Ritter). And though the movie is called About Alex, it is not just about him. The title is a big lie! It's also about the other five friends (and the one outsider character who just drifts in and out of the story randomly).
All the characters felt like real people, though they hit on many clichés - struggling writer, technology hating intellectual, etc. Every character is messed up in their own way. Because of the play-like nature of the film, it is very reliant on the dialogue and acting. Both are great for the most part. The writing does falter at times, becoming too exposition-heavy. Also, some scenes seem out of place and unnecessary. Overall, the drama and tension builds well and culminates in a powerful scene.
Jesse Zwick created a film with intriguing characters, entertaining dialogue, all surrounding the dark topic of suicide. Though it is full of clichés it is a high quality entry in the indy comedy-drama genre that is full of a bunch of crap.
With a beautiful cast and a charming storyline, About Alex is actually a pretty decent film. It is such a shame it is let down a bit by an unfocused narrative, but other than that, it is a good Friday night after office hours movie.
The film felt real and authentic and the story was engaging. Although the film revolves around the incident (suicide) the main focus of the film is friendship, and each individuals place in society after college. Although they're very different from each other their past connects them and is what keeps them together.
The movie sort of settles on to you. It's quaint and feels oddly familiar.
A very pleasant surprise. The almost remake of The Big Chill, About Alex, features very solid acting and a surprisingly thoughtful script to boot. It is a perfect film for the current generation to watch and guess which character they are or will become, as we are all surely one of them. Give it a watch, you won't be sorry.
Excellent. This is a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with emotionally-moving characters who feel very real. Worth seeing.
awesome movie.great story!