It's pretty silly and a bit forced at times, but it's not all bad. I would probably like it if I were a teenager. Alex's friends are mostly useless for the plot, to be honest. P.S.: I must admit that I enjoyed the jokes about post-modern identity politics. It's probably pushed many people's buttons, which amuses me.
Often cute, sometimes very poignant and complex but also very forced and unnecessarily quirky when it comes to its collection of bizarre stylistic choices. Doheny and Weinstein are wonderful, but the rest of the actors, no matter how good they might be, are stuck in severely underwritten roles. An interesting companion and object of comparison to Love, Simon, both in terms of qualities and shortcomings.
5/10. With its nigh incoherent, detour riddled structure, ALEX STRANGELOVE actually is quite funny. Unfortunately, it largely falls flat in a rushed finale as the film races to find a feel-good ending. Additionally, the bisexuality red herring earlier in the film feels like an unfortunate oversight -- bi coming of age stories are harder to come by, so to make and then disregard the suggestion feels like a mistake.
2-3. It adheres to a number of familiar tropes of the 'coming out' teen drama, but I appreciate that it's at least a bit ballsier and more honest than some of its peers. For one thing, the teen boy characters are the exact flavor of 'stupid' you'd expect a teen boy to be, really coming off more like a teen stoner comedy with a gay lead. That it's less afraid to offend also makes for some genuine 'lol' moments.