Tribeca Review: About Alex

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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.
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About Alex
Director: Jesse Zwick
Run Time: 96 minutes

 ‘About Alex’ is a comedy-drama that tells the story of six former college friends as they gather for a weekend vacation following the suicide attempt of a group member.

As the friends begin to reacquaint with one another, old issues surface that offer insight and resolution into everyone’s current situations. Old flames shed light on some harsher truths, only bringing the group closer together as they help each other through the challenges life has since thrown their way.

Hold hookups rekindle, tears are shed, and joints are passed in what feels like a modern day answer to The Breakfast Club. While ‘About Alex’ is extremely reminiscent of ‘The Big Chill’ (1983), it stills feels unique and engaging enough that it merits a retelling of the similar story.

Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker and Maggie Grace star in this seminal thirty-something movie, that is funny, meaningful, and playfully aware. While all of the actors bring something different to the table, it is the comedic performance of Max Greenfield that offers a sometimes-needed jolt of energy.

Overall, Jesse Zwick (sone of Ed Zwick) directs a movie that is both enjoyable and thoughtful, and one that is definitely worth the watch.