After the Ball

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Cinderella offshoot has dull characters, predictable plot.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 111 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Working hard to achieve your goals; honesty; making things right after deception or mistakes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.


Man and woman kiss briefly.


"Damn," "asses," "sugar t-ts," "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine with dinner; drinks at a bar; champagne at a ball.


What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bysharryg23 December 16, 2018

Lots of hidden messages you may not want your kids to see yet

After reading some of the reviews on this movie, I thought it would be ok to show to my 9 and half year old and 11 and a half year old. I agree with the other r... Continue reading
Adult Written byewhit4 January 10, 2021

FAV comfort movie

After the ball is more than just another Cinderella movie. Kate is not the Cinderella archetype, she is a career woman with high goals for herself and is obviou... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byRachie4 October 19, 2018

My favourite Movie!

I think it is the best movie!! I’m really into Cinderella stories and fashion, and this is a great combo of both. Even though it may be predictable, it is still... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byGroovyMovie July 14, 2017

The Best Cinderella Story I've Seen

This is one of my all time favorite movies. While there is some language it really wasn't a problem for a 9-year-old. Yes, it might be cheesy at times, but... Continue reading

What's the story?

Kate (Portia Doubleday) wants to work in the fashion industry, but her father's (Chris Noth) fashion empire -- and its reputation for stealing designs -- means she'll never work in this town. Instead she dutifully joins the family business, but after her mean stepmother (Lauren Holly) and stepsisters get her fired, she goes undercover to prove her talents and expose their corruption. Luckily, there's a prince of a guy in the shoe department who seems eager to help Kate reach her goals.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Cinderella offshoots are so popular. What is the appeal?

  • Is it OK for Kate to go undercover if she saves the day? Can we sometimes do a little wrong to do a little right?

  • Does this movie seem to accurately portray what it takes to be a fashion designer? Why, or why not?

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