An optimistic high schooler with musical aspirations must learn to accept help from her friends to overcome her personal hardships and fulfill her dreams.


Brett Haley


Matthew Quick (based on the book 'Sorta Like a Rock Star' by), Matthew Quick (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Auli'i Cravalho ... Amber Appleton
Rhenzy Feliz ... Ty
Justina Machado ... Becky
Judy Reyes ... Donna
Anthony Jacques Anthony Jacques ... Ricky (as Anthony Jacques Jr.)
Gerald Isaac Waters Gerald Isaac Waters ... Chad
Taylor Richardson ... Jordan
Fred Armisen ... Mr. Franks
Carol Burnett ... Joan
C.S. Lee ... Father Chee
Maria Park Maria Park ... Jong Soo
Eun-Chung Martha Han Eun-Chung Martha Han ... Yumi
Jerzy Gwiazdowski Jerzy Gwiazdowski ... Lloyd
Max Gail ... Mr. Linder
Darius Pierce ... Math Teacher


Amber Appleton (Auli'i Cravalho) remains an optimist even when her personal life is far less stable than it appears on the surface. A musically gifted high school student with aspirations to attend Carnegie Mellon, Amber balances her beloved high school drama club helmed by Mr. Franks (Fred Armisen) with working long hours at a donut shop to help support herself and her down-on-her-luck single mom (Justina Machado). She also spends time at the local retirement community, giving care and attention to her favorite pessimistic resident (Carol Burnett). When new obstacles present themselves that threaten her dreams, Amber must learn to lean on the strength of her chosen family to move forward. Written by Netflix

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Rated PG for thematic content, some language and brief suggestive comments | See all certifications »

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Performed by Bayonne
Written by Bayonne (as Roger Sellers)
Published by Secretly Canadian Publishing on behalf of Good Arm Music
Courtesy of Mom + Pop
By arrangement with Hidden Track Music
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A fine Netflix addition to teen coming of age films.
28 August 2020 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

When I can be moved to tears in front of my cruel computer, you know All Together Now can be one of the best teen coming-of-age films on Netflix, a purveyor of that genre like no other service.

Having had five daughters, I am an expert about the challenges teen girls face in any world at any time. Most of those rough times are caused by us, adults, who need to see movies like this to understand the beautifully complex decisions and affections a teen is called on to endure. In fact, every pre-teen should see this melodrama as well to gain insight into the difficult world of their future.

Amber (Auli'I Cravalho) lives illicitly in a school bus with her driver, alcoholic mother until they can't. Amber is so charming during the day that no one would guess the difficulties she faces once away from school. Think of her working in a donut shop in Portland, producing fundraising shows for her school, and trying to figure out how she can get to Carnegie Mellon University Drama School, which has invited her to audition.

Then throw into the mix her mom's abusive boyfriend and a mini-pup with a cancerous mass that should be operated on, and you have probably too many bad things happening to her for one movie. Still, if you accept where filmmaker Brett Haley wants you to go, each is a barrier to happiness, and she is an inveterate optimist.

All Together Now gets right the motifs of hope and community caring seasoned with music because Amber needs to allow the community to give back to her after all she has given them, music not the least. The film signifies better than most that allowing others to give is a gift to them and a sure sign that something is right about you.

Life can be survived with happiness, only after one has earned it, is a powerful message in pandemic times when that tyrant seems to make us all helpless. But not youth with hope.

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