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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lip service is given to living in the moment and in the world instead of through smartphones, but even that gets sneeringly dismissed at the end.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
A character gets maced in the eyes. Police officer use a taser gun on a man. Character is punched out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead character daydreams in class, fantasizes about the girl he has a crush on, snaps out of it, and is shown making out with his smartphone. Teen girl makes reference to having "blossomed."
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Products & Purchases
Lyft is referenced three times, the logo is displayed on a social media post. Google Play logo displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at a party. A girl throws up on another girl. People at the party act drugged. Characters snort cinnamon, character says, "Cinnamon messed me up."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alexander IRL is a 2017 YouTube Red teen comedy in which a loser teen and his slacker older brother try to throw a party and create an app at the same time. There's adolescent humor: jokes involving flatulence, sneezing on faces, stained underwear, developing breasts, and acting high from taking cinnamon. A character gets maced in the eyes, another gets punched out, and another is tased by a police officer. While drinking isn't explicitly shown, it's strongly implied with the dozens of extras standing around at a party holding cups and bottles. While the movie tries to make a perhaps satirical comment on how people, teens in particular, live more through their smartphones than they do "IRL," this message gets muddied in what amounts to an incoherent story and unfunny comedy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Apparently, YouTube Red is determined to put out the worst movies they possibly can, and with this one they keep this trend going. A teen comedy lacking a coherent storyline and even having a single "LOL" moment, Alexander IRL can't seem to decide if it should be a teen party movie or a satire of teens who spend too much time "on the grid." The actors playing the main characters do their best with what they have, but there isn't much anyone can do with trite jokes and banal observations.
This is amateur filmmaking at its absolute worst. There is no entertainment value to this, and the movie's themes contradict and double-back on themselves so much, it no longer remotely matters what the overall point is, assuming there even is a point. Like so many of their other releases, Alexander IRL is making it clear that YouTube Red really needs to step up its quality control.
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