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The Get Together

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Lame party comedy pushes young adults to grow up; drinking.

Movie NR 2021 84 minutes
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The promise of an all-hands-on-deck party carries the expectation of hours of wild fun, but, just like in real life, it's likely to end in disappointment. Director Will Bakke's post-college gathering has whiffs of Dazed and Confused, including great music and a solid ensemble cast with a couple of wacky standouts. But the Texans in The Get Together are slightly more mature. And while aging up the partygoers makes for more responsible cinema, the closure of the prefrontal cerebral cortex means better decision-making, which can be a lot less entertaining.

But, parents, consider this an opportunity. This party flick isn't great, but it could still be a decent pick to watch with young adult-age kids. The characters are in their mid- to late 20s, and they're coming to grips with the realization that the time has come for them to grow up. The story of the evening is told in three parts, from four different perspectives. The characters' struggles are small and internal but relatable: One young woman is realizing she needs to expand her friend circle, one man is realizing his dream of music stardom may be immature, and a couple is on the brink of taking their romance to the next step. It's a coming-of-age tale for those with arrested development. And it's possible that viewers sitting in a similar spot in life will get a nudge. On the other hand, it may be wishful thinking for parents to expect adult children to get a message from a movie chosen by Mom and/or Dad.

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