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Alexander the Last -- An ensemble drama about a married actress, her sister and their myriad sexual and creative temptations.

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Sometimes a commitment requires a little creativity
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Cast

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Jess Weixler ... Alex

Justin Rice ... Eliott

Barlow Jacobs ... Jamie

Amy Seimetz ... Hellen

Jane Adams ... Director

Josh Hamilton ... Playwright
Jo Schornikow ... Bandmate
Sean Price Williams ... Matt

Christopher Denham ... Actor
Molly Hawkins ... Actress
Kent Osborne ... Reggie
Alison Bagnall ... Costume Designer
Ellen Stagg ... Model
Randy Bell ... Sailor
Jade Healy ... Stagehand
Chris Trujillo ... Stagehand

David Lowery ... Stagehand
Kris Swanberg ... Stagehand

Directed by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Writing credits
Joe Swanberg  writer and
David Lowery  additional material and
Jess Weixler  additional material and
Justin Rice  additional material and
Barlow Jacobs  additional material and
Amy Seimetz  additional material

Produced by
Noah Baumbach .... producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Joe Swanberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Justin Rice (original music by)
Jo Schornikow (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Production Design by
Jade Healy 
 
Sound Department
David Lowery .... sound recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ry Russo-Young .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Lowery .... additional editor
 
Other crew
Tipper Newton .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Ti West .... special thanks
 

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Argentina:72 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:72 min
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2 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Stupefyingly dull, 14 June 2011
Author: doug1967_1 from United States

After having slogged through Joe Swanberg's unwatchable "Hannah Takes the Stairs" a couple of years back, you can probably imagine I was not that thrilled when I saw his name at the start of this film. I decided to keep an open mind and sallied forth anyway. The results were, unfortunately, about what I expected.

As with "Hannah", this is a largely improvised movie that seemingly goes nowhere—at ten miles an hour at that. The plot involves the characters working on a play with tribulations that spill over into their real lives but it's about as interesting as watching an actual play rehearsal. The movie has very little actual story and I simply could not get involved with this at all.

Maybe it's me; maybe I don't get the whole "Mumblecore" genre of films about twenty-somethings but at just an hour and a quarter, it was an ordeal to sit through, even on TV at home. How does one do a movie with improvised dialog? Watch "A Mighty Wind", "Waiting for Guffman" or any one of the Christopher Guest-directed movies. That's how you do it, folks.

Mr. Swanberg, this is the last film of yours I will be wasting my time with. I applaud young filmmakers willing to take chances but you've got to engage your audience if you want to keep them awake and coming back for more.

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