"After"--a movie review

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
April 12, 2019 7:37pm CST
I am the first to admit that I am a sucker for a love story and the last couple of years I have gotten hung up on young adult love stories, where one is usually struck with a life-threatening disease such as "5 Feet Apart" and "The Fault in the Stars" so I suggested we go see "After" not knowing anything about it except it was based on a YA book. There is no medical crisis in the movie but there is Tesa, a very good girl who is smart, has a boyfriend who she has known since she was 5, is pretty, follows the rules and is majoring in economics to make a living, though her real love is literature with a leaning towards Jane Austen. Walking into her dorm room this sheltered girl finds her tattooed, noserings, pierced, multi-colored hair roommate, not that there is anything wrong with that, is more than willing to educate the newbie. Tesa is played by Josephine Langford who does a fine job with what she is given to play. Now you know a good girl like this with a roommate like Steph, played by KhadijhaRed Thunder, will meet the 'bad' boy and he shows up in the hunky body of Hardin, played by Hero Fiennes Tiffin, a nephew of actors Joseph and Ralph Fiennes. He has the looks of the former only more smoldering but not quite the acting talent of the former, though this movie really doesn't give him a chance to show any talent. Trying to make him a combination of Darcy and Heathcliff, and he quotes them both, the director and screenwriters let his character down. With actors like Peter Gallagher as Hardin's son, Selma Blair as Tesa's mother, Meadow Williams Tesa and Landin's English professor and Jennifer Beals plus the young actors including Shane Paul McGhie, Inanna Sarkis and others the leads get good support but the director Jenny Gage and the script by Susan McMartin let the cast and the audience down. The movie is agonizingly slow getting the love story started, goes off in a few directions that either lead nowhere or are dropped when they should have been expanded but the biggest letdown is when what motivates Hardin, one regarding Tesa and the other himself, is revealed which should have but doesn't move the audience. (An aside: Allen and I were the whole audience!) "After" is not a good movie due to the script and direction. Movie trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65KissegON0
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@JohnRoberts (78380)
• Los Angeles, California
13 Apr
I didn't know anything about this one before. Doesn't sound promising.
4 people like this
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
Very disappointing
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@UncleJoe (13280)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
13 Apr
Follow us at: Instagram.com/AfterMovie/ Twitter.com/AfterMovie/ Facebook.com/AfterSeriesMovies AFTER follows Tessa (Josephine Langford), a dedicated student,...
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
Thank you Sir!
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@UncleJoe (13280)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
14 Apr
@GreatMartin You're certainly welcome, Martin.
• Indonesia
13 Apr
Uh, I hate bad ending movie.
3 people like this
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
I didn't say this had a bad ending!
@Deepizzaguy (17756)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
13 Apr
That is one reason I do not go to movies these days. Most movies do not have happy endings.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
Most lives don't--we all die!
@xander6464 (11066)
• Wapello, Iowa
13 Apr
Isn't it cool when you have the whole theater to yourself? It always makes me feel like Elvis.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
Elvis who??? The one you are talking about never had the theatre to himself--he had bodyguards (minimum of 6) plus 'friends'--he really didn't have many and had to 'buy' them with cars, cash, etc.
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@xander6464 (11066)
• Wapello, Iowa
14 Apr
@GreatMartin I know he always had a few people with him but same difference.
@RasmaSandra (25321)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Apr
Glad I don't go to the movies and watch online. That way when things go bad I just switch to another movie.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
Once I start watching--just like reading--I can't/don't change--I keep hoping something, anything will redeem it!
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
14 Apr
I haven't seen anything on tv about this movie but I will remember your review and avoid it.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
I hate it when a simple story isn't good!
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@simone10 (24788)
• Louisville, Kentucky
15 Apr
@GreatMartin yeah, you would think they could get it together
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
15 Apr
@simone10 I, also, find, except in very rare cases, when 1 person directs, produces, writes and stars in a movie it isn't good!
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@Junbals (496)
• Philippines
15 Apr
Thanks for such a well-written movie review. The letdowns appear to be not good for business. I hope the investors recoup their investments.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
15 Apr
Very few movies these days lose money--with DVD sales, streaming and TV sales plus world wide distribution they get their initial investment back.
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@PatZAnthony (13595)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Apr
Thank you for letting us know about this @GreatMartin There are so many movies just now worth watching, aren't there?
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
No more or less than last year or any year!
@jstory07 (77318)
• Roseburg, Oregon
13 Apr
After does not sound like a good movie to me. Thanks for the review.
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• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
14 Apr
It was disappointing!