Get ready, Netflix has another teen melodrama comin’ in hot! The streamer can barely go a couple of days without dropping another one, and who can blame them when they’ve had so much success? The latest, All Together Now, might be the most intriguing one in a while, as it’s based on a book by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick, is directed by Hearts Beat Loud’s Brett Haley, and stars Moana voice star Auli’i Cravalho.
Already there’s more talent than these YA films typically get, but you add Justina Machado, Fred Armisen, Judy Reyes, and the legendary Carol Burnett and this becomes a must-watch situation. Cravalho, who we know from Moana and the short-lived series Rise has a terrific singing voice, plays a teen juggling troubled family life with high school and her musical aspirations. Looks like she’ll be cozying up to Runaways star Rhenzy Feliz, as well.
All Together Now hits Netflix on August 28th.
SYNOPSIS: Amber Appleton (Auli’i Cravalho) remains an optimist even when her personal life is far less stable than it appears on the surface. A musically gifted high school student with aspirations to attend Carnegie Mellon, Amber balances her beloved high school drama club helmed by Mr. Franks (Fred Armisen) with working long hours at a donut shop to help support herself and her down-on-her-luck single mom (Justina Machado). She also spends time at the local retirement community, giving care and attention to her favorite pessimistic resident (Carol Burnett). When new obstacles present themselves that threaten her dreams, Amber must learn to lean on the strength of her chosen family to move forward. Directed by Brett Haley (All The Bright Places, Hearts Beat Loud) and based on Matthew Quick’s novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star,” ALL TOGETHER NOW is a story of finding hope in the darkest of times. The film co-stars Rhenzy Feliz, Judy Reyes, Taylor Richardson, C.S. Lee, Anthony Jacques Jr., and Gerald Isaac Waters.