‘All Together Now’: First Look At Netflix’s Teen Drama Led By ‘Moana’ Star Auli’i Cravalho

Voicing Disney’s first-ever Polynesian princess in Moana was the breakthrough role for Auli’i Cravalho, but since then she has only been seen in a handful of TV shows. Now she has a movie all to herself thanks to Netflix with All Together Now, directed by Hearts Beat Loud filmmaker Brett Haley.

Netflix has revealed the first look at All Together Now, which was originally-titled Sorta Like a Rock Star, based on the book by Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick. Miguel Arteta (Cedar Rapids) was the first director attached, only for it to switch studios and move to Bryce Dallas Howard who planned it as her feature debut. Quick would later come aboard to adapt the screenplay.

That’s a lot of backstory, but it only goes to show that a lot of people were interested in making this movie a reality. Cravalho plays a teen juggling her musical aspirations with high school life, while also supporting her mother, who is struggling to keep it together.

The cast surrounding Cravalho is filled with veterans, including Fred Armisen, Carol Burnett, Justina Machado, and Judy Reyes. Also in the cast is Runaways star Rhenzy Feliz.

Haley, who everybody knows at this point is a director I absolutely love, is probably best known for his music comedy Hearts Beat Loud. But before that he directed two terrific movies geared towards an older audience: I’ll See You In My Dreams followed by The Hero. Earlier this year he directed teen romance All the Bright Places for Netflix, making this a continuation of their partnership. Here’s hoping it continues because Haley’s movies are never going to make a ton of money at the box office, but they are perfect for the streaming crowd. Haley just recently agreed to direct Grease prequel film, Summer Lovin.

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.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.