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Alex Strangelove (2018)

TV-MA | | Comedy , Drama | 8 June 2018 (USA)
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Alex, the high school class president, nerd and a straight A student, has been dating Claire a long time. They decide to sleep together but then he meets a gay guy and gets confused.

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Craig Johnson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Abela Michael Abela ... Personal Story
Daniel Doheny ... Alex Truelove
Brendan Archer Brendan Archer ... Personal Story
Gianna Jean Gianna Jean ... Camper
Madeline Weinstein ... Claire
Joshua Barragan Joshua Barragan ... Personal Story
Antonio Marziale ... Elliot
Kai Bigwood ... Personal Story
Daniel Zolghadri ... Dell
Bradley Birkholz Bradley Birkholz ... Personal Story
Nik Dodani ... Blake
Von Bowen Von Bowen ... Personal Story (as Von Dell Bowen)
Fred Hechinger ... Josh
Chris B. Aslan Chris B. Aslan ... Personal Story (as Christian A Brock)
Annie Q. ... Sophie Hicks
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Storyline

Alex Truelove (Daniel Doheny) is a well-rounded high school senior with a wonderful girlfriend Claire (Madeline Weinstein) and a bright future ahead of him - and with plans to achieve his last teenage milestone by losing his virginity. But things get complicated when he meets Elliot (Antonio Marziale), a handsome and charming gay kid from the other side of town, who unwittingly sends Alex on a rollercoaster journey of sexual exploration, kicking off a hilarious and moving adventure of love, sex and friendship in our liberated and confusing modern times. Written and directed by Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins, Wilson), produced by Ben Stiller, Nicky Weinstock, and Jared Ian Goldman.

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Love can be confusing.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Trivia

Jesse James Keitel, who portrays the character of Sidney, is also credited as a makeup artist, specifically "Additional Make-up for Sidney," meaning he did most of his own make-up for his multiple appearances on screen, with many different looks. See more »

Quotes

Elliot: And the shitty thing is, guys like my dad, they're giving Jesus a bad name, okay? Because from all that I know, Jesus was amazing. I mean, I don't know, he helped out the poor and sick, okay, he loves you unconditionally...
[Alex says yes with his head]
Elliot: I just think all those kids with their WWJD wristbands need to ask themselves: What would Jesus actually do? Call me a "faggot loser"?
Alex: Did your dad call you that?
Elliot: It's not really worth getting into.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits, Alex is seen telling people on the internet that he is gay. He is then accompanied by clips of real life people coming out. One of the notable clips is of popular YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen, a beauty guru, whose video garnered over 17 million views. See more »

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References Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) See more »

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Authentic coming out rom-com with broad appeal
11 June 2018 | by silentruhSee all my reviews

This is an accurate depiction of coming out. Other reviewers seem offended by the focus on his relationship with a girl, but I don't understand that. It's very realistic and an aspect of the coming-out experience. I think this movie did a very good job of highlighting the roles of those people and other friends in the lives of lgbt.

I also really appreciated the later-in-life realization of his sexuality. Yes, some people 'always know,' but some people don't, and others are in huge denial and that can really suck. These people need representation, too, and this is a great movie to do it with.

Even the poor reviews give the acting good marks. I think I can speak from experience that the story is very authentic. No aspect of it rings untrue, and it manages to be genuinely hilarious at just the right times. 8/10


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