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DVD Release: About Alex

November 18, 2014

About Alex Poster

Last week, levelFILM released About Alex on DVD.  When Alex (Jason Ritter) attempts suicide, his university friends come to stay with him at his rural house, to keep an eye on him and also figure out where they broke apart.  This includes Sarah (Aubrey Plaza) who is masking her own pain, and the sarcastic Josh (Max Greenfield).  Then there’s the struggling writer Ben (Nate Parker) and his wife Siri (Maggie Grace), and the successful Isaac (Max Minghella) and his younger girlfriend Kate (Jane Levy).

Although much of About Alex feels routine and like something we’ve seen done better, namely in Lawrence Kasdan’s definitive classic The Big Chill, there are several good scenes that prompt genuine sympathy for these characters, and some memorable exchanges.  The film also boasts a trio of solid and naturalistic performances in Jason Ritter, Max Greenfield and Aubrey Plaza, who are given the most interesting characters and make the film mildly worth a look.  You can read my full review right here.

The DVD includes five featurettes on the production.

About Alex is 96 minutes and rated 14A.

-John Corrado

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