A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Communication is a theme. Characters don't communicate well and then often jump to conclusions and make rash decisions. Everything works out in the end, but it's not clear just how well lessons were learned.
Positive Role Models
Characters are likable enough, but they're struggling to get through relationship troubles and COVID lockdown. There's nothing extraordinary or notably admirable about them.
Of the five or so most frequently seen characters, three are women, but only June (who's positioned as main character) has any agency. The others exist to support the main characters. One of the two men is Black, but he gets the short end of the stick in his relationship.
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Violence & Scariness
Spoken, somewhat upsetting references to COVID-19 pandemic. Off-screen characters die; death is discussed. Violent incident involving guns is described.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Man's naked bottom shown; man shown shirtless in bed. Woman's breast briefly visible from side. Two characters kiss passionately and remove clothing. They wake up in bed together, sex implied.
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Strong, fairly frequent language includes multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "bitch," "idiot," "pee."
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Products & Purchases
Several brands mentioned or shown, frequently and often repeatedly: Lyft, Airbnb, McDonald's (and Big Mac hamburgers), Sun Chips, Wild Turkey whiskey, SpaghettiOs, Barbie, Uber Eats, Yelp, KeVita beverages.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink wine, beer, and whiskey and seem to enjoy themselves; no consequences. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alone Together is a romantic drama set during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was written and directed by star Katie Holmes. Characters kiss passionately, remove clothing, and wake up next to one another (sex is implied). A man's bare bottom and chest are seen, as is the side of a woman's breast, briefly. Language is strong, with many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and more. Death is discussed, there's a feeling of fear surrounding the pandemic, and there's dialogue describing gun-related violence. Characters drink beer, wine, and whiskey but rarely appear drunk; one character smokes cigarettes. There's noticeable product placement, including McDonald's, Lyft, KeVita beverages, and lots more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Holmes' romantic drama has a gentle, elegant touch, but it's eventually undone by odd storytelling choices that make the characters feel disconnected. Perhaps inspired by the work of Woody Allen -- especially in the opening New York-set montage -- and Eric Rohmer, Alone Together, which Holmes wrote and directed, deliberately focuses more on character and conversation than plot. It creates an atmosphere of relaxing surrender, with outdoorsy fresh air and unhurried evenings. Unfortunately, all that open air lets viewers easily spot the holes in the screenwriting.
More than once, when speaking to one another, characters withhold a vital piece of information when there's no reason for doing so. It gives the impression of people interacting from within private compartments being manipulated to tell a story rather than interacting naturally. Then there are niggling annoyances like Holmes' endless costume changes (three in one day, for no particular reason), all apparently packed in one small travel bag; the fact that the huge rental house apparently has only one bathroom and one bedroom; the preponderance of product placement; and the fact that the characters stay on in the Airbnb well after their rental time has expired, and no one seems to notice or care. All in all, Alone Together leaves you with the feeling of being checked out.
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