Yesterday evening we were watching a movie called All Together Now. It is about a gifted teen, Amber (Auli’i Cravalho), who lived on a school bus with her mother (Justina Machado)—a school bus driver. Amber would get up every morning at 5 a.m., go to her job at the donut shop, stop by the nursing home to give out extra donuts, visit her friend Jean (Carol Burnett), and then go to school. Her sidekick and best friend was her chihuahua Bobby.  Because of her gift, of being able to sing, she was invited to audition for entrance into The Carnegie Mellon School of Music in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Through a series of events, her mother lost her job, and wanted to move back in with an old boyfriend, who Amber knew was abusive and would have her mother back drinking again.  Amber left her mom sitting in a restaurant. She rode off on her bike with her dog, her schoolbooks, her dad’s Mellon sweatshirt, and her life’s savings in her backpack. She fell asleep on a park bench. When she woke up the next day; her backpack was gone and all that was left was Bobby and her bike. She decided to stay with Donna (Judy Reyes), a friend, instead of living with her mother. Amber begged her mom not to go that they would all help her beat the drinking and get a fresh start. However, her mom refused and a few weeks later was killed in a car accident.

Then the day Amber was supposed to leave for the audition, Bobby got sick and needed a life saving surgery that was quite costly. She called all of her jobs and tried to get extra shifts to raise the money. Which would have taken her 10 weeks to raise. She decided to quit school and not go to the audition until Bobby could have the surgery. But, unbeknown to her Ty (Rhenzy Feliz), her boyfriend, and her classmates gave Amber an unexpected surprise. You will have to watch the movie to see what that surprise is. Sometimes pride blinds us of our blessings.

This is the kind of film that will give you a reality check in the thankfulness department. A well written film that shows how you can fight through the most difficult circumstances and find a silver lining when your hope meter is almost empty. The storyline shows the harsh reality of a homeless family clinging to dreams; with a mother too desperate to realize other positive options in life. But, her daughter refuses to let those harsh realities dictate her destiny. This movie teaches that no matter how bad your situation may be, if you treat others with love and compassion; you never know what good might come your way.

This film was released in 2020 is 92 min and rated PG. Can be seen on Netflix.

Director: Brett Haley
Writers: Matthew Quick (based on the book ‘Sorta Like a Rock Star’ by), Matthew Quick (screenplay by) 
Stars: Auli’i CravalhoRhenzy FelizJustina Machado.

We give All Together Now

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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