Alex of Venice

 (81)5.81 h 27 min2015R
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.
Directors
Chris Messina
Starring
Mary Elizabeth WinsteadDon JohnsonChris Messina
Genres
Drama
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Beth GrantTroy Garrity
Producers
Jamie PatricofCrystal Powell
Studio
Electric City Entertainment
Rating
R (Restricted)
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Foul languagesexual contentdrug use
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3.9 out of 5 stars

81 global ratings

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  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 18% of reviews have 3 stars
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Craig HaynesReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good story, very good cast, good direction
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Life happens, as they say, when you're busy making other plans and for our protagonist Alex, life just keeps happening in a series of surprising events. Interesting characters and layered subtexts going on here. Can't say I'm crazy about the all of the photography (mostly lighting) choices here, this is Venice, Ca., after all. The lighting in some scenes is muted and dull. This is a directing endeavor of Chris Messina, who appears in a few scenes as Alex's husband. To say I'm a fan of Messina's acting, is pure understatement--I adore the actor's work. Here as director, he has done a fine job in terms of pacing, energy and facilitating the story. Editing was about right as there is a lot of ground to cover with the numerous character stories and their progression, though in some cases editing felt a little choppy--a risk in films with multi-characters. Small production quibbles: The kid should be wearing a helmet when riding a bike. Kudos for including black actors in the cast. Congrats on providing an authentic story, set and relevant back story, i.e., limiting commercial development in environmentally sensitive urban areas.
5 people found this helpful
LightHearted1Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Real Life amid Venice Beach of all places
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3.5 * Well acted and portrayed by everyone in it, character arc for not only the lead but Don Johnson also who was acting as well as I've ever seen him in this. It's a story about real people with real life situations amid Venice Beach of all places. There are lots of issues being addressed and flowing with the storyline so you are more moved by the story than watching the many issues. The lead actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead puts in a stellar performance really inhabiting the role and that makes the film. I really like Chris Messina as an actor, would've liked to see more of him but his sensibility was behind the camera. It's an enjoyable drama about a family. There is the use of a medicinal substance plus and some bad language for people who like to know that, no gratuitous sex, no action scenes -- it's a good thoughtful caring film about a family.
5 people found this helpful
ikwiReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great acting, but overall meh
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Beautifully acted and very artsy. However, it moved excruciatingly slowly (I was shocked the runtime was only 1.5 hrs; it felt much longer) and we've seen this story a million times before (dad bails on family to find self; mom+family first blindsided, then regroup and find a way to cope and thrive). The lead actress is dressed like she's from the 60s; what's with the granny watch, puffy skirts, and sleeveless button-down shirts? We get it; she's wholesome. If it weren't for cell phones and computers, this nostalgic, sepia-colored movie could've been easily set a few decades in the past.
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ReneeReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Speaks to the Subtleties and Beauties of Life
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This film moves slowly, yes, but it's filled with feeling. It's a metaphor for "growing up," and saying goodbye to the illusions of youth, just as they say in Roger's play near the end, "goodbye to the orchards of my youth." Life isn't always "movie picture" as you get older. This is a movie that's designed to make you feel, but the feeling is under the surface, so you have to drop into the stillness and everyday moments of the film to be drawn into it. Subtlety like this is nice in a film... and rarely done. A beautiful, honest film.
4 people found this helpful
Michelle FinnReviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
So much to love about this career woman, stay at home Dad story!
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I just want to say in reference to the conflict that starts between mom and dad, I get the dad's attitude is unwelcomely understandable and arguably misogynistic as it is beyond feeling unappreciated. Every parent needs "Me time" to get that break away from every day routines, SO JUST SAY THAT! Yes good work on that acting all the cast!! I started arguing with the screen on that scene, "Dad just being a HATER, do not blame your co parent for a gender stereo type figment of your imagination, because you assumed it would be temporary. Don Johnson as handsome Grandpa/play actor/Dad of the sisters TRULY delightful performance.
susanbReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
3.5 stars
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I liked it enough to think this would be a good 'first episode' to a T.V. series. It's slow. Some say there's not much to it, but its a couple weeks in the life of... It isn't meant to be an action flick. So, with that said, I thought the acting good, the script sparse in subject matter the way life is sparse but at the same time incredibly full. As a stand-alone show, I give it a 3 star with lots of potentials to grow into something more.
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Jesse828Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really loved this movie...
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I simply LOVED this movie! Have been anxiously awaiting it to be released for a long time. Full disclosure... my interest was in seeing Don Johnson whom I have loved for years... before Miami Vice... and I was not disappointed. So wonderful to see him acting in a part that purely capitalizes on his tremendous acting abilities. This was a very vulnerable and engaging character for him and I look forward to other such roles. The rest of the cast was also amazing in this heartfelt story. So many will be able to relate to the characters' life crises, so there is something here for most everyone.
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Richard K.Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice that MEW chose to make "meaningful" films like this. . .
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and her silly ones are nice also. Lots of good performances in this poignant, really real film whose plot takes place in Venice CA. I frequented Venice when I was a student in LA many years ago but I never saw a cute, plain Jane with a sharp mind like Alex who dressed like my mom and wore flats; wish I had as will many folks who'll want to give Alex a hug and tell her to carry on. Thanks Amazon for screening this!
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