Netflix has released a new trailer for All Together Now. Inspired by Matthew Quick’s novel “Sorta Like a Rock Star,” the film stars Auli’i Cravalho as Amber Appleton, a high school student whose optimism often outshines the dark times in her life. She stays upbeat by keeping herself busy with drama club, working long hours to support her family, and spending time at a local retirement home. But Amber’s life is turned upside down when she is accepted at a prestigious college and has no financial means of attending it.
Though the story is familiar, its message is one that bears repeating: that is okay to ask for help when you need it, and that no matter how dark it is, you can always find hope. It’s a fitting message for the target audience who want to make it out in life by their own efforts. Often, we forget that we can’t always do it by ourselves.
“Amber and I are so alike in that, I feel like I am pretty naturally optimistic, almost to a fault probably because I am not quite as honest with what’s happening in my life to even really close friends around me,” Cravalho said, in an interview with EW. “And that’s something that really was highlighted during this time with the pandemic. I just really needed to learn to reach out. And so that’s kind of how our film is centered — in knowing your community and leaning on your chosen family and times of need.”.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for All Together Now
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.
All Together Now also stars Rhenzy Feliz, Judy Reyes, Taylor Richardson, C.S. Lee, Anthony Jacques Jr., and Gerald Isaac Waters. It debuts on Netflix on August 28, 2020.