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Alone Together

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Attractive but frustrating romantic drama has language, sex.

Movie R 2022 98 minutes
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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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