By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
("Coda") directed, wrote and stars in the romantic dramedy “Alone Together.”
The film is set in New York City during the start of the COVID-19 mandates.
It's a trip to watch "Alone Together" especially as it shows the height of the pandemic when most everything was shut down and streets were virtually deserted. Yet, now, nearly 2 1/2 years later--although we can move about--we are still dealing with new variants, rising COVID cases and potential indoor masks mandates.
In "Alone Together" Holmes plays June, a food critic who lives with her handsome boyfriend John (Derek Luke, TV's "Crossover"). They are trying to make their relationship work despite the pandemic getting in the way.
Since things are chaotic for John (Derek Luke) and June, they decide to find some quality time together and book an Airbnb in upstate New York. First, John wants to check in and spend time with his parents before he leaves. So, he tells June to go ahead, and he will meet her at the Airbnb.
She does, but when she gets to the house, she is surprised to find a guy named Charlie (Jim Sturgess, "Home Before Dark") there. Clearly, there must be a booking mistake. Now what?
Well, Charlie doesn't seem like an ax murderer and is genuinely nice to June. He even offers her to stay overnight, and he'll sleep on the couch, and she can have the room. They can sort out later with the owner how best to resolve the double booking.
Charlie is trying to enjoy some time alone after being dumped by his girlfriend. Initially, June and Charlie make awkward conversation, but it doesn't take long for them to warm up to each other and realize they have a lot in common.
There must have been something amiss with June and John, for her to be so open with Charlie, not to mention she has that look of love in her eyes when she gazes at the guy.
Of course, they fall into each other's arms because, well, this is a predictable romantic dramedy. They also somewhat regret their rash decision, especially Charlie who feels even more vulnerable now. Does he really want to deal with a woman who is unsure about her own entanglement?
June and Charlie are forced to deal with that issue when John makes his way to the house and wonders what is going on when Charlie answers the door.
In the end John winds up getting the short end of the stick because Charlie and June realize they shared something special and she's not willing to let it go.
She assures Charlie, they can make it work. Plus, he really does like her style and June even convinces Charlie to reach out and connect more with his overprotective, but well-meaning mother (Melissa Leo, "The Equalizer 2"). His last girlfriend apparently didn't do that.
Despite earnest performances by Sturgess and Holmes, there is something lacking in "Alone Together." The chemistry between them isn't that palpable and the movie really is a by the numbers drama that could have used a bit more humor to soften its rough patches of stilted dialogue.
"Alone Together" isn't a bad movie, but it could have been a better one if it weren’t so doggone predictable and cliched.
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Watch This Trailer For "ALONE TOGETHER"
Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.