Alex Strangelove is a high school coming of age story of a young teen trying to find his identity. Alex Truelove struggles to come to terms with his sexuality as pressure from his parents, friends, and classmates make life confusing.
The movie itself is awkward, but in a good way. It does a good job depicting the awkward time that is high school. It’s confusing, it’s stressful, it’s scary and you get to experience all these emotions along with Alex. As a coming of age story, it works. I am not sure how it well it works as a coming out story, but I enjoyed it non the less.
It isn’t your traditional high school movie, at least not the one I expected. It has moments where it is quirky, but it doesn’t overdo it. For example, the relationship between Alex and Claire is fun and sweet. The characters are bubbly and they have great chemistry but they do not get annoying. Although I didn’t care for the animal documentary bits. Most importantly, this feels like high school and not what some old guy think’s high school is.
And this movie is stressful, because high school is stressful. There is the stress of trying to get into a good school. The waiting, wondering if he will get into Columbia. There is the pressure from his peers to fit a certain category and Alex, like most teens, doesn’t know what that category is. There is also the pressure of being in school. Getting good grades all while trying to have a social life. Alex has to find the balance between his friends, his love, his family and a school, and that is a lot.
I recommend this movie. It’s funny, it’s cute, and does a really good job at telling a story. It’s probably the first Netflix original movie that I’ve liked a lot and definitely worth checking out, even if you are curious. I rate this movie a 9 out 10.