“About Alex” Shines At Tribeca As A “Must See” Movie

Monica Gleberman | May 8, 2014

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“About Alex” was described as a film about seven college friends who were once close but find they’ve drifted apart in their post-college years. But after hearing news that one of their friends they haven’t seen in some time tried to kill himself, they all reunite in hopes of taking away some of his pain.

Although the point of the trip is for them to cheer up their ailing friend, they find themselves reminiscing about the past which leads to 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.

When all is said and done, “About Alex” is a lighthearted look at the struggles of a generation that has it all—and wants more. Starring Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Nate Parker, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy.

“[It's] a movie about the nature of friendship for a generation whose understanding of the word “friend” has been forever changed by the advent of social media. To tell it, I decided to employ an old trope–a reunion of old friends under tragic circumstances–in the service of some new questions: In an era in which Facebook and other technologies have made it easier than ever to maintain a veneer of closeness, what’s the quality of the connection it’s providing? In what ways does it bring us closer together, and in what ways has it erected new obstacles to intimacy,” said Director Jesse Zwick.

“The point isn’t to rail against the present while bemoaning the passing of a simpler time, but rather to meditate on the obligations of friendship and to consider the modern day challenges of remaining close with those we have loved and hope never to lose.”

The film has continually been compared to “The Bill Chill,” which was a big movie back in the 80s. However, it’s completely different. This movie makes you think about using technology such as social media and makes you question how well you really know your friends. It never hides the fact that Jason Ritter’s character, Alex, tried to kill himself. It’s a must see movie for anyone who missed the festival.

Ritter shines as the innocent Alex who just wants his friends to come up and visit him, while Max Greenfield (most-known for his role of Schmidt on “New Girl”) has taken a huge acting leap by playing this straight forward, hard edge, anti-technology friend who doesn’t sugar coat anything.

The rest of the ensemble rounds out what could possible be one of the best movies at the festival this year.

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