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Meandering and insubstantial, Aloha finds writer-director Cameron Crowe at his most sentimental and least compelling.



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Bradley Cooper stars as a defense worker who teams up with a pilot (Emma Stone) to stop a satellite launch in this romantic comedy from Cameron Crowe. Rachel McAdams co-stars. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Bradley Cooper
as Brian Gilcrest
Emma Stone
as Allison Ng
Rachel McAdams
as Tracy Woodside
Danny McBride (IV)
as Colonel Lacy
John Krasinski
as Woody Woodside
Bill Murray
as Carson Welch
Alec Baldwin
as General Dixon
Edi Gathegi
as Cam Curtis
Bill Camp
as Bob Largent
Ho' Opa'a
as Guyton Galdeira
Sereme-Ab Etmet Yohannes
as Afghani Tribesman
Kaui Kauhi
as Kingdom Security
R. Kunani Nihipali
as Spiritual Elder
Ipo Nihipali
as Spiritual Elder
Leslie Bramlett
as Colonel Apodaca
Don D. Davis, III
as Air Force Officer
Jarrett Pieske
as Air Force Officer
Jacob S. Sotiriadis
as Air Force Officer
Kelly Oxford
as Military Wife Angela
Jennifer Roscoe
as Military Wife Donna
Giovanni Marone
as Senior Airman
Kenneth Matepi
as CIA Technician
Jillian Torango
as CIA Technician
Mitch Wojnowski
as Launch Engineer
Roman L. Reznikov
as Launch Engineer
Alexander Terebenkov
as Launch Engineer
Guy Hagi
as Local Meteorologist
Mapuana Makia
as Local Reporter
Lisa Tam
as Cashier
Becky Zienkiewicz
as Moms Fitness Instructor
Jessica Morgan Southworth
as Grace's Friend Jessica
Calvin Dorn
as Global One Helo Pilot
Stone Griffith
as Young Gilcrest
Olana Margaret Ai
as Hula Instructor
Kylie Alarcon
as Hula Girl
Alyssa Catbagan
as Hula Girl
Lahela Giles
as Hula Girl
Taetum Kalani
as Hula Girl
Tiffany Keamo
as Hula Girl
Shaselynn Nii
as Hula Girl
Lien K. Stevens
as Hula Girl
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Critic Reviews for Aloha

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (130)

  • The whole story is a tangled mess. Aloha sees itself as a quirky, funny, and sad, but loudly announces when it's trying to be those things.

    Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Even if this were well made in a technical sense, it would still be a weird heap of patriotism, astronomy, and Hawaiian folklore, piled atop a pat and predictable love story.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's not bad so much as alien, like a romantic comedy made by someone who's researched human behavior but had very few brushes with it in person.

    Jun 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Inspiration has become Cameron Crowe's crack. His films are all-you-can-eat pixie-dust buffet from which all unnecessary excitement has been expunged.

    May 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Tom Shone

    Top Critic
  • Filmmaker Cameron Crowe can't catch a break with Aloha, a Hawaii-set romcom that is a handful of stories struggling for a unifying tone, but is nowhere near as toxic as its advance buzz.

    May 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It comes at us in choppy bursts of brilliance and dopiness. That is at once its great charm and its great curse.

    May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Aloha

  • Jan 04, 2016
    Aloha seems to lack any purpose or direction at all. This is the embodiment of quirky for the sake of quirkiness and it just doesn't work with nothing to care for or invest in.
    John K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 06, 2015
    Unfortunately an unfocused and meandering effort despite the tremendous talents involved. The wonder of this quite frankly, is how John Krasinski (of all people) and Rachel McAdams escaped unscathed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2015
    Aloha is so bland and a waste of talent that its almost unreal. With such a great cast and Cameron Crowe at the directors helm, this seemed like it had a lot going for it. But what we get is an incredibly slow and truly pointless story about... honestly I have no idea. There is a romance somewhere here and a few love triangles, and something about space and Hawaii. None of it fits, and it felt simply ridiculous. None of the character felt real or likeable, and I didn't laugh once and wasn't engaged with the romance. The pacing is almost laughable, and I was looking forward to the credits rolling. I did not like this movie, and I do not recommend it.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2015
    Aloha is a smart and entertaining comedic drama from writer/director Cameron Crowe. Starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, and Bill Murray, the film follows a military contractor who comes back home to Hawaii to help secure the cooperation of a native Hawaii tribe in allowing the construction of a new aerospace launch site; but returning home forces him to face some unresolved issues from his past. The performances are pretty good; particularly Stone, who brings a lot of charisma to the film. The writing however, is rather weak; as the plot is underdeveloped and a bit contrived. However, Crowe's able to give an emotional resonance to the film that makes it quite touching at times. It has some weaknesses, but overall Aloha is a lighthearted and uplifting film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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