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Alex Strangelove offers a refreshingly insightful -- and fittingly adult -- take on teen sexuality enlivened by smart humor and a fearlessly progressive approach.
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"Alex Strangelove" is witty, compassionate and enjoyable throughout; a charming movie and in many respects an enlightened one.
Alex Strangelove ultimately serves as a funny-and occasionally filthy-commentary on heteronormativity and the work that goes into overcoming certain ingrained expectations about the trajectory of a life.
As a modern coming-of-age movie, one that's especially meant to keep the progressive values of teen Netflix on the home page for another week or so, it does have a fair amount of charm.
It's a lovely little gem.
It can't help but hit a lot of familiar beats. But its script feels personal, and less airbrushed than most in its recollection of the utter uncoolness of being a teenager.
It's hard to fault the bigger message here: that we all deserve the right to be true to who we are, even if it takes a few hard turns - and some collateral emotional damage - to get there.
It disappoints, however, with unfortunate blindspots and heavy-handed messaging, ultimately resembling a misguided 21st-century PSA.
We've finally started to see high school movies center around LGBTQ+ characters. However, is it considered progress to now have our own ... lackluster ... teen comedies?
[Madeline] Weinstein, as Claire, steals the show...
The main thing about this movie, more than any endearingly Hughes-like traits or trailblazing representations, is that it's a bit of a mess.
Avoids trivialising issues with cheap gags. But it's still very funny, and its a topical edge makes it notable.
Comedy with heart about teen sexuality; language, drinking.
f you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
Even if the beats are predictable it feels honest, like Johnson is pulling from his own memories. It's also funny which is a bit of a relief.
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