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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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Jesse Zwick

Writer:

Jesse Zwick

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Nate Parker ... Ben
Jason Ritter ... Alex
Maggie Grace ... Siri
Max Greenfield ... Josh
Aubrey Plaza ... Sarah
Max Minghella ... Isaac
Jane Levy ... Kate
Adam Saunders ... Night Editor
Rey Lucas ... Rudy Suárez
Devon Devon ... Timmy the Dog
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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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Taglines:

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

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Drama

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

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Another strong similarity to "The Big Chill" is that one character brings his much younger girlfriend with him (Meg Tilly in the older film; Jane Levy in this one), and the rest of the group doesn't know her at all. 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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[first lines]
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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Won't You Come Over
Written by Devendra Banhart (as Devendra Barnhardt)and Noah Georgeson
Performed by Devendra Banhart (as Devendra Barnhardt)
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Close, but no cigar
24 May 2018 | by atticdramaticsSee all my reviews

About Alex is mainly just two hours too many to spend with characters who aren't compelling and generally act like selfish jerks. Our title character is pushed to the background and probably has the least lines of anyone. It's almost hilarious how swept aside and incidental the character Alex is in a movie called "About Alex." One gets the impression that we're meant to feel bad for him, but he's still more of a plot device than a person with a complex, nuanced personality. Most of the film dwells on the ridiculous neuroses of the other characters, which lack authenticity or originality of any kind. Drama that would be better suited to a TV sitcom than a feature length movie. Yes, the fumbling discomfort of the characters as they try to deal with Alex's attempt is something we can all sympathize with, but this is the beginning and the end of my emotional participation in this story. I have a major weakness for quirky suicide movies, but it's so important for the audience to feel something for this to work at all as the basis for a movie. Suicide is a serious subject, which About Alex seems to grasp. Although the act itself is sensationalized, it is treated with some reverence. Looking at suicide through a bizarre filter can make it easier to break down, accept, understand, but I think a strong connection between the audience and the victim is key for this to work. Overall, About Alex is pseudo-philosophical, tepid and boring. It doesn't hit the right notes emotionally and it's simply not warm enough, intimate enough, close enough. A film with a similar premise, which although not perfect itself, comes nearer to accomplishing what About Alex seems to be striving for, is A Beautiful Now. My advice is to avoid About Alex like the plague, and check that out instead; at least A Beautiful Now is interesting.


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8 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

East Durham, New York, USA

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