A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Working hard to achieve your goals; honesty; making things right after deception or mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Kate's intentions are in the right place, but she goes undercover and lies to those around her to do so. Eventually it's for a good cause -- to expose the evil plans of her wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters, as well as get closer to her father -- but she and a few family members orchestrate deception on many levels to uncover the truth. Her father is distant but regretful of their relationship. Her stepmother lies and cheats on her husband. Stepsisters are catty and vindictive toward Kate, framing her to fail.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Man and woman kiss briefly.
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"Damn," "asses," "sugar t-ts," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine with dinner; drinks at a bar; champagne at a ball.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that After the Ball is an uninspired romcom modeled after the Cinderella fairy tale. It features a young designer who goes undercover to save her father's fashion empire from her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. The stepsisters and stepmother scheme and manipulate throughout the film, while Kate and company also deceive to save the day. There is some profanity: "damn," "asses," "sugar t-ts," "hell." It's entertaining for its low-key predictability, but there are better movies that impart more interesting, truer messages about the fashion industry and true love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
AFTER THE BALL isn't the worst idea for a Cinderella-inspired romcom. Kate is more than a princess; she's also a designer. The prince has a paying job and creative talents and believes in Kate. A design setting is a fun backdrop for a fairy tale come to life with the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry. But here the characters are not particularly compelling, the design world it recreates looks built on a budget, and the plot moves slowly but obviously through the paces. The result is an uninspired message about following your dreams and a clichéd recreation of characters who could've used a bit more spark.
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