Review Stream: After (2019)

Movie: After


Where to watch it: Netflix

Spoilers: Yes

Virginal Tessa goes to college leaving behind a younger high school boyfriend and overprotective parents. She is introduced to bad boy, Hardin Scott (who is played by an actor named Hero who has a British accent so of course that makes him attractive). She is both intrigued and annoyed when he challenges her in literature. Later at a party during a game of truth or dare, she is dared to make out with him. Since she has a boyfriend, she turns him down and leaves the room. Not easily dissuaded, he peruses her. She ends up going on a date with him and their chemistry is undeniable. Despite the fact that Tessa has a boyfriend and she feels incredibly guilty, she continues to see Holden. When her boyfriend stops by for a surprise visit and discovers her infidelity, her parents are shocked and refuse to assist with her expenses. She moves in with Holden and they settle into a happy life. Tessa becomes suspicious when Holden suddenly starts getting texts and won’t tell her who they are from. He asks her to trust him and leaves. When he doesn’t return after sometime, she goes to find him and runs into a girl that Holden use to date. She takes Tessa to a restaurant where Holden is with several friends. It is then revealed that on the night of the party almost a year prior, Holden had said that he would get Tessa to fall in love with him and then planned to just leave her. He didn’t believe love was a real thing so it could just be turned off like a switch. Devastated, Holden tries to explain that was before he knew her. Before he loved her. But Tessa is destroyed. She feels as though she blew up her life for this person and he was using her all along. On the last day of class, the literature professor gives Tessa Holden’s thesis paper, telling her that it is really for her. In it he explains that he never understood characters like Darcy or Heathcliff, thinking them to be weak or stupid. He watched his father walk away from his mother and he personally had never felt any emotion resembling love. Therefore, he did not believe it was a legitimate emotion. That is until he met Tessa. She had changed his entire outlook on the world and he had ruined it all with careless words before he even knew her. After reading this, she went back to the place were he had taken her on their first date and he was there. All was well.

Rating: C+

Is it worth watching: This falls into the “maybe if you have nothing else to do category”. It feels like an updated She’s All That but at least no ones trying to convince me that making over a pretty girl by taking off her glasses will make her gorgeous. It has a lot of cliches- the inexperienced girl, the redeemed bad boy that shows her the way of the world, the girl “fixing” the bad boy. It does have a lot of sweet, romantic moments that feel genuine and are enjoyable. The characters do have chemistry. I really do like the actor that plays Holden. I read that it is based on a book and apparently the book is a lot better (as it normally is) so maybe I’ll check that out. All in all, it’s a subpar romance but far from the worst I’ve seen.

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