Parents' Guide to

Alright Now

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

British feel-good '90s nostalgia comedy has drinking, sex.

Movie NR 2018 95 minutes
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Filmed over just five days this film must have been made on a shoestring, but what it lacks in big-budget grandeur it makes up for in warmth and realism. Filled with typical British humor -- awkwardness, self-deprecation, sarcasm -- this tale of unexpected romance was part improvised, and it shows. In the capable hands of Smulders, Hynes, and Elis, the characters feel like real people having real conversations -- with all their flaws on display. Joanne (Smulders) can be juvenile, needy, impulsive, and overly flirty -- but she's also full of energy, perseverance, and blind confidence. Pete (Elis) is the ultimate lovable "scruff bag" and you're rooting for him right from the off.

An indulgent 1990s nostalgia trip for anyone over 35, Alright Now might not hold much appeal for younger viewers. It's not glamorous, or particularly well-polished. But it is genuine and authentic -- and for all the romantics out there, it has a refreshingly simple happy ending.

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