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About Alex (2014)

R | | Drama | 8 August 2014 (USA)
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When a group of old college friends reunite over a long weekend after one of them attempts suicide, old crushes and resentments shine light on their life decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink.

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'About Alex' is the story of seven college friends who reunite over a three-day weekend, after one of them attempts suicide. When the friends get together to keep an eye on Alex, the weekend that ensues will renew old crushes and resentments, shine light on bad decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink as the group tries to speculate when the simple life of their college years turned so muddy and complex. Sometimes irreverent, sometimes poetic, and always moving, About Alex is a searingly honest look at the changing nature of adult friendship in the Facebook/Twitter generation. Written by Anonymous

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Sex #Jealousy #Wine #Regret - After all, what are friends for?

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Seven Years, Three Days  »

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Both Nate Parker and Maggie Grace have acted alongside Liam Neeson, Grace in the action hit Taken (2008) and its two sequels, and Parker in Non-Stop (2014). See more »

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When Josh tries to stop Siri from entering the bathroom, the bathroom door in the background is first shown slightly open, then closed. See more »

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Night Editor: [entering] Ben. Your page's set?
Ben: Mm, yep. Almost.
[looking at picture]
Ben: Jesus, Alex.
[answering the phone]
Ben: Hello? Yes, this is him, but I'm at work. So...
Josh: [now answering his phone] Used to have a freshman roommate named "Ben", but that ass-wad hasn't called me in ages. What?
Sarah: [on her phone] And no one was there? He was... Alone? Yeah, of course he was alone. That was stupid. Yeah, I can probably get up in a couple hours. I just need a little bit of time to get out of here.
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Summer of Love
Written and Performed by The Sandwiches
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An OK remake of The Big Chill
28 January 2015 | by (San Antonio) – See all my reviews

Have you seen The Big Chill? Well, you've seen About Alex. It features a lot of similar aspects to that film only with younger people involved. Now having a similar plot is OK if the movie still stands up on its own feet, but About Alex just sort of settles into indie dramedy forgetfulness.

Good:The cast involved all do a good job. Maggie Grace finally has a character to work with after those Taken movies. Jane Levy getting some deserved screen time and Aubrey Plaza putting in some of that trademark dry humor. The men who include Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter, and Max Minghella all do good work and bring some funny scenes.

Bad: Despite a good cast and conversations between the characters, the movie lacks any true emotional support. The fact that it borrows a lot from The Big Chill doesn't help, but it felt light in the drama department and it is just watching people being tense with each other which is good, but nothing memorable.

Overall, if you want to see a solid indie dramedy and you don't mind the overt comparisons with The Big Chill, then this is a good choice although it doesn't reach its potential.


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