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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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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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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:

Алекс из Венеции See more »

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When Alex is waiting for a ride to pick her up from the party, she is singing the song "Last Stop" from the band Got a Girl. The lead singer for the band is Mary Elizabeth Winstead who plays Alex. See more »

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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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California Sunset
Written by Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Gerald Fare
Performed by Poolside
Courtesy of Day & Night Recordings
Played when Alex meets Frank in the bar
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Good job, mostly
14 September 2017 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

I didn't see all of this movie. The listings said it started at 1:30 (and it wasn't this movie that was listed) and that's when the recording started. But there was already a movie going on. I could wait until I see it all, if it airs in the near future, but I might forget the details. So I'll give my evaluation now.

I did see enough to know these details. The film takes place in a beach community, and I saw signs that the town was called Venice. One of these signs is an actual sign saying Venice. Another is canals running beside houses. Alex is the boring, responsible and cute sister, and Lily is the adventurous rebel who looks like she works at a truck stop. Both are likable in their own way.Their father Roger is showing early signs of what could be Alzheimer's, but he is also appearing in a community theater production of a play which he may have written. I say may have written because there were a couple of details I missed and these may have been at the beginning of the movie, but from the way he was talking, I think he wrote it. 

Alex works for an organization that protects the environment. She has interviewed people who have shown her evidence that a marsh is being affected by work already done by Frank's company to develop the area into a resort. Frank argues that the people would rather have jobs and improve their status, but Alex is fighting his efforts, hoping the resort can be built in a different location.  . 

Alex's husband George wasn't happy and he has left. They have a young son Dakota, and George is making every effort to be a good father. Alex isn't quite happy with her life and Lily gives her advice, which is not really the type of advice the fine upstanding citizens should be following. But this is a movie so reckless behavior is acceptable.  

So will Alex find happiness? Will the marsh be saved? Can Roger get through his play, and how sick is he?

This isn't funny enough to be a comedy but there are some laughs.

I know Mary Elizabeth Winstead from her role in the quirky comedy "BrainDead" and there are similarities between her character here and the one in that show. I liked her there and, although I didn't see her name until the closing credits and didn't know why she looked familiar, I liked her here. She has several scenes where she is just looking at something, and somehow that's enough. One scene where she is high on drugs is effectively done. The scene really communicates how weird things are, between her wild performance and the lack of audio other than music which appears to be for our benefit, not music they are hearing. And while Winstead does quite well as proper and responsible, she does have to recover from that one crazy night and achieves that.  She also has to cry too, which is surprising, but it works.

Katie Nehra has her own style and a lot of enthusiasm. I like her too, as she shows Dakota a good time when he's supposed to be in school. I don't know what she does for a living, though that may have been part of what I missed, but I'm guessing it's nothing substantial, or perhaps she goes from job to job. In any case, she's never shown working in the part I saw. And I know how to describe her appearance. I got confused once when I realized there was an environmental problem and wondered if I might be seeing "Erin Brockovich". But she didn't look enough like Julia Roberts, and she never was the one fighting for justice.

I liked Skylar Gaertner as Dakota as well.

Derek Luke is quite charming as the developer when not being challenged, but he believes he is right and won't back down. 

I did recognize Don Johnson, but only in the sense that I thought Roger looked like Don Johnson, but not enough like Don Johnson to be Don Johnson. I haven't had a lot of experience with this actor, but I saw him in several movies and in a WB TV series about a flawed lawyer. His best scene is in the play, but he does well elsewhere too., particularly where Roger seems to be losing his mind. 

And regarding the play, it was just rehearsal, but at first I wasn't sure whether they were performing or the actors were being themselves just talking. That seems like good acting to me. 

An interesting technique in the courtroom: Alex faces the judge and looks at her opponents. I don't think we ever see the judge.

The presence of Dakota shouldn't give anyone the impression kids should be watching. There is sex talk which is a little naughty for TV, but let's face it. Most prime-time shows have gotten this bad. But just in case you see it uncensored, for me the sound went out a lot. 

It's certainly worth seeing.


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