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After

also known as “After - Chapitre 1,” “After Passion,” “After: Aquí empieza todo,” “După ce ne-am întâlnit,” “Miután,” “Prvic,” “Μετά,” «После», «След”
MPAA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPAA) for sexual content and some college partying.
Strong Caution—Not Recommended
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
• Young-Adults
Genre:
Romance Drama Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 46 min.
Year of Release:
2019
USA Release:
April 12, 2019 (wide—2,138 theaters)
DVD: July 9, 2019
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Featuring: Josephine LangfordTessa Young
Hero Fiennes TiffinHardin Scott
Selma BlairCarol Young
Jennifer BealsKaren Gibson
Peter GallagherKen Scott
Meadow Williams … Professor Soto
Samuel Larsen … Zed Evans
Inanna Sarkis … Molly Samuels
Pia Mia … Tristan
Dylan Arnold … Noah
Shane Paul McGhie … Landon Gibson
Rebecca Lee Robertson … Rebecca
Khadijha Red Thunder … Steph Jones
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Director: Jenny Gage
Producer: CalMaple
Wattpad
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Based on Anna Todd’s novel, AFTER follows Tessa (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student, dutiful daughter and loyal girlfriend to her high school sweetheart, as she enters her first semester in college. Armed with grand ambitions for her future, her guarded world opens up when she meets the dark and mysterious Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), a magnetic, brooding rebel who makes her question all she thought she knew about herself and what she wants out of life.”

  • Sex/Nudity: Heavy
  • Profane language: • d*mn • h*ll
  • Vulgar/Crude language: • “Grab your sh*t” • f-word mouthed silently
  • Violence: Moderate— • fight between young men • throwing and breaking bottle in anger • breaking items in father’s home in anger
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Negative
Negative—The movie is about a teenage girl named Tessa that goes off to college and ends up cheating on her long time boyfriend Noah with a guy named Hardin almost immediately after she shows up to college. Before Tessa cheats, this Hardin “dude” does some questionable things such as breaking into her dorm room and refusing to leave when she comes in after a shower and making out with a random girl at a party seconds before making a pass at her. Hardin is not very gentlemanly and in real life this would be questionable behavior, most likely harassment but because he’s presumably young, handsome and a “bad boy” he gets away with it. The most prominent philosophy of the character Hardin is relieved to be to love oneself. There is an emotional moment where Noah finds Tessa cheating, but then two minutes later Tessa is laying with Hardin and the music and tone of the scene suggests that all is well. It continues like that and Tessa disobeys her mother regarding this situation. Now this movie did do two things right. Tessa’s mother forgave her by the end and Noah also forgave Tessa. If there’s anything positive in this movie, it’s that forgiveness is powerful. Tessa also presumably forgives Hardin for a mistake he made by the end of the film as well. This movie sends the wrong message to teens.

Hardin’s philosophy is wrong. The first thing you should love the most is as what Jesus says.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” —Matthew 22:35-40
Tessa and Hardin’s relationship relies solely on the rushes of having sex for the first time. These rushes give out in real relationships. Obviously real relationships rely on much more than sex, but this movie is not interested in “After” that phase, but rather this movie is interested in getting a buck off the initial rush.

As for the quality of the filmmaking… The film just goes along and does nothing truly interesting. We get standard shot reverse shot scenes with characters that are very one dimensional who sit around and act like “rebels” who know everything. It’s just an hour and forty six minutes of meh.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
Ryan, age (USA)

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Secular Movie Critics
…One probably could chart the progress of their relationship in terms of his face hovering over different parts of her body.… The performances are consistently monotone… [1]
Mark Dujsik, RogerEbert.com
…The kind of dispiriting effort that thinks it’s scratching an itch for masochistic young girls, but primarily suggests that romance, desire and sexuality aren’t worth genuinely exploring.…
Robert Abele, The Wrap
Happy ever After? Not in this cliched teen romance… The key to the book’s success lies in its artful amateurism. It replicates the tone of one teen confiding in another and in this anodyne screen translation, its intimacy is lost. …
Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
…If your favorite band is still One Direction, this is the film for you. …Come back, “Twilight,” all is forgiven. …
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…characters act illogically, as though written by someone who napped through most of Intro to Psych and skipped English 101 altogether. …this movie is every coming-of-age romance movie rolled into one messy package…
Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
…it looks fairly safe to say there won’t be any more Afters after this “After.” … [1/5]
Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)