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About Alex


A circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away to console a suicidal member of their group. Yet, despite their best efforts to enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion of drama that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. A Big Chill for our current social media moment, About Alex is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all—and wants more.

Actors: Aubrey Plaza , Max Greenfield , Max Minghella , Jason Ritter , Nate Parker , Maggie Grace , Jane Levy , Adam Saunders , Rey Lucas
Directors: Jesse Zwick
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-08
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  • Rex Reed

    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.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    About Alex has the kind of energy that reminds one, even this cynical critic, why writers and directors keep returning to this oft-told tale. Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    As About Alex moves toward its conclusion, it devolves into some plot resolutions that were a lot less predictable back in the ’80s.

    New York Post Full Review
  • John DeFore

    There's nothing new under the sun, but About Alex is very, very not new. Luckily, most of its capable cast muster the warmth we require, and Zwick's script offers more humor (however mild the laughs are) than sentimentality.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Neither the script’s up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.

    Variety Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    If you’ve seen “The Big Chill,” you’ve seen this movie, with older grown-ups. Even if you haven’t, you won’t be surprised by much.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The plot is so similar to “The Big Chill” that it almost could be called a remake, except that it isn’t nearly as funny, it follows millennials instead of baby boomers and the characters tweet.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Of the bunch, Plaza, Minghella and Parker fare best, though Parker's Ben is weighed down with cliches. Alex ostensibly is the focal point of the film, but Ritter is relegated mostly to observer status, healing while watching the melodramas unfold around him. A few of them are interesting. But not enough, not in a story that seems familiar because, after all, it is.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    About Alex benefits from a uniformly strong cast that does its best to find moments of truth in the banal, derivative scenario they’ve been handed.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Abby Garnett

    A lightweight Big Chill reworked for today's young professional set, which proves too clumsy and self-conscious to live up to its weighty subject matter.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    About Alex is about too much and too little, a sandbox for its considerable cast, but ultimately just following the reunion rulebook.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Diana Drumm

    Focusing on cultural references and social cues, About Alex fails to give us a big picture compelling enough to overlook its flaws.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    The insight that social media fosters false intimacy is old news. The film shows only a half-formed sense of how careers have changed in 30 years.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    The movie stalls in a limbo of half-realized characters and superficial weightiness.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    On the bright side, the actors are experienced enough to anchor their free-floating characters. But if you’d like to see this sort of thing done well, watch 2011’s infinitely superior Channing Tatum dramedy “10 Years” on Netflix instead.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • James Rocchi

    The only thing moviegoers will hate more than the phony, faux-felt conversations of About Alex at its worst is the unfulfilled promise its high points suggest when it’s at its best. Full Review
  • Noel Murray

    If About Alex were the pilot to a new television series, there’d be reason to stick around for a few episodes, if only to see these actors grow into their roles and develop more chemistry. But About Alex isn’t television, and Zwick never really solves the problem of how to make a houseful of semi-likable characters into cinema.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Lee Dallas

    However self-aware the film may be, its characters and moods and conflicts are too over-determined and familiar to linger in the memory very long after the credits roll.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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