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About Alex

R Released Aug 8, 2014 1h 38m Comedy Drama List
45% Tomatometer 42 Reviews 43% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Overindulgences in food, drugs and wine threaten to bring old resentments and clashing viewpoints to the breaking point during a weekend reunion of longtime friends. Read More Read Less

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About Alex pointedly provokes comparisons to The Big Chill, but the script doesn't have enough substance to support them -- or give its talented cast enough to work with.

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Justin Chang Variety Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel. Aug 10, 2014 Full Review Rex Reed Observer The intelligence and unhackneyed humor of the believable, unself-conscious screenplay by fledgling director Mr. Zwick (son of veteran director Edward Zwick) deserves special praise. It never hits a false note. Rated: 3/4 Aug 8, 2014 Full Review Brian Tallerico RogerEbert.com I was pleasantly surprised by much of "About Alex," a film that features a stronger-than-average ensemble for this subgenre even if it too often succumbs to predictable, traditional turns of Screenwriting 101. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 8, 2014 Full Review Richard Crouse Richard Crouse As good as the performances are, by the end of the film the story descends into melodrama which underscores the overall unoriginality of the script. Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 1, 2021 Full Review Leo Brady AMovieGuy.com About Alex is a film in a genre that has been done before, but shows promise from all parties involved. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 31, 2021 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Though it may be reminiscent of too many greater or similar films, About Alex at least does what it does well, and there's enough passion in the proceedings to reel you in to the final frames. Rated: 2.5/5 Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B A total dud of an attempted millennial version of "The Big Chill". Amusingly the movie completely misses the completely obvious fact that none of these characters should continue to be friends. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A group of friends gather together when one of them attempts suicide and old feelings and current problems rise to the surface as they try to navigate the uncomfortable realities of adulthood. Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Nate Parker and others star. Very well acted film touching on a bummer of a subject. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Say what you will but this is one of the most interesting performances I have seen from Aubrey Plaza. Something about this movie made me rewatch it again and again. No it's not perfect. Yes I did really like it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review the s If you ever wondered what The Big Chill would have been like if they used a budget cast of amateur actors, took away the charm and wit, took away the incredible soundtrack, you can find out wlby watching this poorly done knock-off. Even the suicidal character's name is the same (Alex) but he survives. The characters are whiny, annoying and cliche while Kasdan's Big Chill characters had some depth and some substance at least. Good luck making it all the way through. Watch the Big Chill instead. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Over time this movie will fade from my memory but I will always remember josh being one of the worst friends and worst characters in recent memory . How anyone even in a fictional movie could be friends with that guy is beyond me 2.9 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/26/20 Full Review Audience Member I actually liked it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Overindulgences in food, drugs and wine threaten to bring old resentments and clashing viewpoints to the breaking point during a weekend reunion of longtime friends.
Director
Jesse Zwick
Producer
Robyn K. Bennett, Adam Saunders
Screenwriter
Jesse Zwick
Distributor
Screen Media Films
Production Co
Footprint Features
Rating
R (Language|Drug Use)
Genre
Comedy, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 8, 2014, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 1, 2015
Runtime
1h 38m
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