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‘The Get Together’ review: Keeping it real

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The Get Together is a coming of age comedy that takes place at a house party. A group of friends in their twenties are trying to discover what they want to do with their lives. There are the requisite misunderstandings and unrequited feelings. 

The premise is less concerned about being good and more about rising above the trappings of the genre. (Of course, the two can also become tied together.) The story has been done so many times that comparisons are inevitable. This also means The Get Together runs the risk of being immediately discounted. 

There are some missteps along the way. As is common with these types of films, the ending all comes together a little too smoothly. The story also has a tendency to be predictable. This is not a deal breaker in this genre, however.

The film does a great job of juggling multiple storylines before bringing everything together. In many movies, this can sometimes lead to characters being forgotten or placed on the back burner. That is never an issue in The Get Together. Each plot thread seamlessly flows into the overall story. 

This is helped by the strong performances. In stories that follow a formula, the acting is especially important since this is can often be the only separating factor. With strong acting, the well known plot and characters can end up taking on a comforting air. 

The Get Together is also filled with interesting characters. The writing and acting are superb, which makes the cast that much more enjoyable. This brings a uniqueness even when the story gets familiar. Each of the friends will appeal to audiences.

The Get Together comes to on demand May 14

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