Though it feels far longer, it has only been two and a half years since the outbreak of Covid-19. Yet a slew of movies about the virus has already been produced and released in that scant time, from the horror film “Songbird” to the heist flick “Locked Down” to the rom-coms “The End of Us” and “7 Days.” The latest Covid Cinema offering (as MovieWeb has dubbed the unique genre) comes from none other than “Dawson’s Creek” alum/former Mrs. Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes. Titled “Alone Together,” the drama premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in June and is currently running in select theaters, as well as streaming on-demand via both Vudu and Amazon Prime.
Written by, directed by and starring the actress, “Alone Together” tells the story of Manhattan food critic June (Holmes), whose boyfriend, John (Derek Luke), books a country house in Upstate New York in March 2020 for the two to ride out the early days of the pandemic together. But things don’t exactly go as planned. Upon arriving at the idyllic rural property, June is surprised to learn that John won’t actually be joining her (he is staying in the city to help his elderly parents) and that the one-bedroom, one-bath pad has accidentally been double-booked, forcing her into an unexpected quarantine with a random, albeit handsome stranger named Charlie (Jim Sturgess). The two quickly find common ground, though, whiling away the shutdown over McDonald’s take-out and late-night wine and bourbon-fueled conversations, and it is not long before their relationship turns romantic.
A bit slow-moving (not unlike the pandemic itself), “Alone Together” hasn’t been garnering the best of reviews. If its meager 50% Rotten Tomatoes score is any indication, audiences haven’t exactly embraced it, either. But, at the very least, the scenery is beautiful! Billed as “A New York Lockdown Love Story,” filming took place in Manhattan and Connecticut, with the bulk of the action captured at June and Charlie’s country rental. Said to be at 34 Cherry Ln. in Hudson, the residence is actually located at 34 Ravine Ridge Rd. in Salisbury, Connecticut, just south of the Massachusetts border and about 110 miles north of the Big Apple. (The Springbrook Motel, which Charlie becomes so enamored with mid-film, can be found in the same area. It’s actually the rear side of the White Hart Inn at 15 Under Mountain Rd.)
Unlike what was purported onscreen, the dwelling boasts four bedrooms and three baths in 3,095 square feet, far more than enough space to handle a double-booking should one ever occur, though, sadly, the place is not a vacation rental in real life. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the property in any way.)