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Alex of Venice (2014)

R | | Drama | 17 April 2015 (USA)
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A workaholic attorney is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves.

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Chris Messina
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Alex
Don Johnson ... Roger
Reg E. Cathey ... Walt
Skylar Gaertner ... Dakota
Chris Messina ... George
Matthew Del Negro ... James
Timm Sharp ... Josh
Derek Luke ... Frank
Tom Yi ... Judge Sawyer
Zane Smith Zane Smith ... Rain Eldenberg
Michael Chernus ... Trofimov
Will McCormack ... Lee
Tai Cheadle Tai Cheadle ... Mel
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Maureen
Beth Grant ... Teacher
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Workaholic attorney, Alex [Winstead] is forced to reinvent her life after her husband suddenly leaves. Now faced with the humdrum and sometimes catastrophic events that permeate the fabric of our lives, Alex discovers both a vulnerability and inner strength she had not yet tapped all while trying to hold together her broken family. Written by RF

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attorney | beach | spa | f rated | monogamy | See All (22) »

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Her life is just getting started. Again.

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Rated R for language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alex z Venice See more »

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A handful of characters from the original script were trimmed to focus more on the family unit in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the judge rules on Alex's environmental suit he dismisses the case "without prejudice." His actual ruling should have been "with prejudice" since the judge's decision was based on the merits of the case and would preclude the same case from being filed again. See more »

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Alex: No matter how hard to control this life is, there are some things that are forever. We fight for them.
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Written by Dan Nakamura and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Courtesy of Bulk Recordings
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Alex of Venice
2 December 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

For his debut as a director, actor Chris Messina made Alex of Venice, an interesting but not totally satisfactory drama which takes advantage of its main actress' big talent, even though she might have deserved more substantial material to work with. Don't misunderstand me... Alex of Venice is a competent drama with excellent performances and a realistic story which deals with difficult and emotive topics without employing Hollywood's false sentimentality. Messina's direction is fluid and efficient, lacking of any affectations and with a good eye to create an urban/bohemian atmosphere reflecting the contrasts of the Venice neighborhood in Los Ángeles. The problem/pro of the film is letting the story be developed through the main character's silences, as well as her subtle changes of expression. Needless to say, Alex of Venice counts with a tremendously expressive actress who fully dominates her craft in that role; but I think co-screenwriters Jessica Goldberg, Katie Nehra and Justin Shelton relied too much on Mary Elizabeth Winstead's talent, and they omitted important pieces of the narrative puzzle, making the movie feel... I don't know... incomplete and premature. The main thing which makes Alex of Venice worthy of a moderate recommendation is the perfect performances, not only Winstead's, but also the ones from Don Johnson, Skylar Gaertner and Julianna Guill. In conclusion, I think Alex of Venice represents a decent debut from Messina as a director which counts with a cast whose brilliant work is helpful to overcome the limitations of the screenplay to some point. I think Alex of Venice should have gone farther in the dramatic aspect, emphasizing the main character's evolution instead of getting distracted with peripheral events which obliquely contribute to the story, but without deepening enough on the main character's experiences.


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