All Together Now is a 2020 American drama film directed by Brett Haley, from a screenplay by Haley, Marc Basch, Matthew Quick and Ol Parker. It is based upon the novel Sorta Like a Rockstar by Quick. It stars Auliʻi Cravalho, Justina Machado, Fred Armisen, Carol Burnett, Judy Reyes, Taylor Richardson, Rhenzy Feliz, Gerald Isaac Waters and Anthony Jacques.
It was released on August 28, 2020, by Netflix.
Amber Appleton is in high school in Portland, Oregon with her mother Becky. They are temporarily homeless after Becky leaves her abusive boyfriend Oliver, sleeping in the school bus Becky drives.
Amber is very busy, including teaching an ESL class and working in an old age home, where she has bonded with Joan, a resident. She also plans an annual school variety show, the proceeds going to charity. Amber is invited to audition for the drama program at Carnegie Mellon University, her deceased father’s alma mater. At Becky’s encouragement, she spends rent money for a plane ticket. Becky is fired when it’s discovered that they have been living in the bus. She decides to return to Oliver, but Amber refuses to join her, sleeping on a park bench and subsequently getting robbed.
She confides about her situation in her friend Ty, who takes Amber to his family’s vacation house to stay and help her prepare for her audition. She tells him that her father’s death caused her mother to struggle and for them to be evicted and move in with Oliver, who eventually became abusive. Becky, who is an alcoholic, frequently suffers relapses while with Oliver. With the help of Donna, the mother of her friend Ricky, Amber tells Becky that she does not feel safe living with Oliver. They have an argument, and Becky leaves; Amber stays at Donna’s house. The following morning, Amber meets with police officers at school, who inform her that her mother and Oliver have been killed in a drunk driving car accident.
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