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Meg Says Watch This: About Alex

I think I’ve mentioned before my odd habit of watching all the trailers on the Apple Quicktime trailer page. (I’ll admit, for some of these – the trailer was more intriguing than the actual film.) Anyway, I remember the first time I saw the trailer for About Alex. One of my parent’s favorite movies is The Big Chill (I think their appreciation for it rubbed off on me, even though it’s before my time) and About Alex immediately seemed reminiscent of the film. I was dying to see it but it never made it to a theater near me, so I was super excited when I saw it in the “recently added” section on Netflix. In the movie, a group of young adults who were best friends in college reunite for the first time in years, after one of them attempts suicide. It’s kind of like a modern update of The Big Chill (though if you read the IMDB message boards this is a controversial topic.) The emotional drama directed by Jesse Zwick is extremely dialogue driven, (which I guess is really appealing to me in a lot of movies.) And like The Big Chill the music is fantastic. (Hello, one of my absolute favorite songs “Funeral Beds” by The Districts!) And that would be thanks to Joel P. West, who apparently also was responsible for the music in another movie I’ve geeked out over here before Short Term 12. Let’s not forget to mention that Marshall Herskovitz is an executive producer (yes, the one who produced My So Called Life and Thirty Something!) The movie boasts a stellar cast including Max Greenfield, Aubrey Plaza, and Jason Ritter to name a few. The chemistry between the characters is charming and realistic; there was a genuine sense of nostalgia in their reunion. Over the course of a weekend, the group navigates all sorts of trials in the post-grad “real world” from relationships, choices between career and family, examining their personal successes against their once predicted futures, and recognizing how the decisions they made in college shaped the adults they would grow into. Of course, there’s an open dialogue that explores the effect of social media and smart phone addiction on the intimacy of human connection – the true difference in knowing what’s going on with one another based off a news feed, versus honest attempts at keeping in touch. Ultimately the group’s original foundation of friendship lingers on in their adult lives, proving their bond is strong enough to carry on. Perhaps you’ll notice a sappy trend in my response to dramatic film, but I found myself laughing and crying while watching this. I definitely think this is an underrated gem, and definitely worth you’re time so go ahead and check it out! (And if you’ve already seen it, as always – I’d love to hear from you!)

(Image from IMDB.)

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