About Alex (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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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Neither the script's up-to-the-minute signifiers nor its cheekily self-aware humor can entirely dispel a formulaic feel.
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.
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.
The chronicle of a less self-absorbed generation, it's less annoying than The Big Chill but also less funny.
Only Plaza's performance as the troubled Sarah comes close to creating a three-dimensional character.
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Excellent. This is a thoroughly entertaining film, filled with emotionally-moving characters who feel very real. Worth seeing.
Amusingly the screenplay completely misses something that is totally obvious about these people . . . that none of them should continue to be friends. True to the blind optimism my generation often has about itself the film, against all the evidence it presents to the contrary, forces the characters to believe that their friendships still have meaning.
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