This is why I am going to write about what independent films you should watch on Netflix. So, cuddle up with your significant other, dog or cat. Grab some food and "Netflix and chill", to an independent film called, "About Alex".
The logline that Netflix states about the film is:
"After a troubled young man attempts suicide, six of his former college classmates stage a reunion to help him heal, but old issues resurface."
This film is very dialogue heavy, it takes place in one location making it a "horror film with no horror" and contains very strong themes such as friendship, trust, and honesty.
What I loved about this film is how the titular character, Alex, is the initial character that has the big problem and suddenly all of his best friends from college come from all over the US to help him out on a moments notice. These characters are all in their early thirties and are really into their careers. Which, I don't see most friends doing for most people in this day and age. But that is why we watch movies like this so we can understand what being a good friend is to someone from another perspective other than your own. As the other characters in the film are trying to help Alex, everyone else realizes that they all have major issues as well that have been seriously bothering them prior to the film. My favorite part of the film is that we don't ever get to know what exactly lead Alex to attempt suicide but we get to see what other internal problems that all of the other characters have and how ironically enough, Alex is the one who helps solves everyone's issues. This movie teaches us that if we were to be in a room with a bunch of people and if we all told each other what our biggest problems were that no one would trade their problems for yours.
The plot of this film sounds like the plot of a cheesy 1980's coming of age teen angst film, but since Alex is the one helping everyone get through their issues despite his own, it gives a refreshing twist to the film. Another thing that is refreshing is how one of Alex's friends, Isaac brings his new girlfriend to the reunion. Her name is Kate and she is 22 while the rest of the characters are in their early thirties. Kate brings light to the film and while being an outsider to the group of friends she makes them all appreciate their friendship that they all had.
Jason Ritter was phenomenal in this film as Alex. I think it was the best performance that I have ever seen from him. Without him, I don't think that this film would have worked so well.
Aubrey Plaza plays Sarah, a tax attorney who is very sweet and caring. Most people know her as April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation. I really think if you are a fan of Aubrey Plaza that you will enjoy her playing a character who is nothing that you have ever seen before. I was thoroughly impressed with her performance that stepped way outside of her boundaries.
Max Greenfield, we may know him as Schmidt from New Girl, plays the over dramatic "know it all", like he always does. But, he brings something new to this type of character that he always plays. I won't ruin it for you, so that is why you have to watch the movie.
Although having a very small role, Jane Levy who plays Kate steals the show. She is going to be an acting talent that everyone should watch out for.
If you want to see a film that will give you a new perspective on friendship, trust, honesty then I highly recommend that you watch About Alex.