We’ve had a few trailers arrive in the past couple weeks for movies involving comedians gathering for funerals, but what about comedians coming together to celebrate the failure of an attempted suicide? It would be remiss not to say that About Alex is the Big Chill that we’ve been missing from our generation’s film lineups, even though it’s a bit obvious to point it out; the trailer itself wastes no time in doing so, and the pull quotes carefully picked out to showcase the film’s best qualities mention it as well. But when you’ve got a group of young, twenty something friends heading up to a cabin to embrace each other warmly and love a friend who just nearly took his life…when it walks like a duck…
About Alex, from director and writer Jesse Zwick, is a familiar story that seems to try its best to reinvent itself for the modern age. Alex (Jason Ritter) suffers an emotional breakdown, which is the tried and true Bat Signal for his friends to finally get their acts together and pay attention to their long-suffering pal. They assemble for what’s supposed to be a gathering of fun and old memories, but when tensions combine with what are really old wounds, plus a whole lot of drugs and booze, it’s clear that this maybe wasn’t the best decision.
People sleep with people they probably shouldn’t sleep with, then sleep with some other people, more drugs are consumed, card games are played and friendships are damaged. But if the touching voiceovers are to be believed, it’s the challenges of life and these tricky weekends almost ruining everything that make your friendships that much stronger — or at least tell you who your real friends actually are at the end of the day.
Check out the trailer below:
What’s going to save this film from the cheeseball “high school reunion” genre and elevate it to a new level is the talent inherent in its superb ensemble cast. With Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Jane Levy and Max Minghella all hitting the road to come to their dear friend Jason Ritter’s rescue, there’s a lot of reasons to be cheered up at the end of the day.
Plaza and Greenfield, in particular, are standouts in the trailer, doing their best versions of their usual schtick — manic and slightly annoyed at all times for Greenfield, jazzed with a side of sarcastic for Plaza.
About Alex is in theaters and on iTunes on August 8th.