After We Collided

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Sequel has sex, partying, language, addiction, and fighting.
  • R
  • 2020
  • 105 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 39 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Kids and teens can benefit from therapy and loving parents to overcome traumatic events. Addiction is a lifelong struggle. True love can withstand dishonesty, arguments, separations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tessa excels at her first paid internship during college, is offered a permanent job. Hardin is willing to do necessary self-analysis and improvement to win a second chance with the love of his life. Hardin's divorced parents attempt to put their acrimonious past behind them. Tessa's workmate Trevor looks out for her best interests, seems to develop a small crush on her.

Violence

Hardin punches his dad in the nose. Tessa attacks Molly after a vengeful game of Truth or Dare. Hardin and his stepbrother have a physical fight. Hardin has nightmares about a past event (a woman being assaulted, a young boy being grabbed by intruders). Tessa's car is hit at a traffic intersection; she's rushed to hospital in an ambulance.

Sex

Tessa and Hardin kiss passionately, have sexual relations in various locations. No private parts are shown, but scenes are explicit, including movements, suggested orgasms, implications of oral sex, close-ups of thighs, mention of condoms and being turned on, hands on private parts on top of and under each other's clothes. College-age young adults taunt each other about "carpet sucking," '"d--k sucking," being a "skank," and being a "whore." Tessa goes "commando" (doesn't wear underwear) one evening, calls to let Hardin know. Other characters kiss. Hardin jokes he "likes to watch" and Tessa jokes back, "I bet you do."

Language

"F--k," "a--wipe," "suck," "Oh my God," "whore," "dumbass," "bitch," "hell," "d--k," "bulls--t," "carpet sucking."

Consumerism

Mercedes, Toyota, Uber, Pellegrino, iPhone, Victoria's Secret, Kindle. Hardin buys Tessa expensive gifts when he's trying to win her back.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Heavy drinking at college parties: A girl takes shots off the body of another girl. A bong is seen; someone mentions "blow." Hardin is offered tequila by his tattoo artist to relieve pain. Tessa is encouraged to share enormous bowl of "Sex on the Beach" with her workmate and a potential investor. She's encouraged to play beer pong, involving multiple shots of vodka. She gets drunk in both scenes. Hardin struggles with alcohol addiction; when things go badly for him, he resorts to heavy drinking (wine, liquor). A character refers to his addiction as "self-medicating." Trevor says his sister has "struggled with addiction her whole life." Despite being underage, Tessa drinks wine and champagne at holiday parties hosted by college faculty, family, companies.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that After We Collided takes the action up a notch from its prequel with much more frequent and explicit sex scenes, language, and partying. The film feels more appropriate for a slightly older audience than the original, After. Main characters Hardin and Tessa have sex in a variety of locations, including a shower and an office. No private parts are shown, but the scenes are explicit, including movements, suggested orgasms, implications of oral sex, close-ups of thighs, mentions of condoms and being "turned on," and hands on private parts on top of and under each other's clothes. College-age young adults taunt each other with sexual language like "skank" and "whore." This often comes as part of wild party scenes at a frat house, where there's heavy drinking, drinking games, bongs, flirting, and hooking up. Drinking is a theme in the film as Hardin struggles with an alcohol addiction, and he "self-medicates" with alcohol when things don't go his way. Despite this, people drink in his presence regularly, and Tessa gets very drunk on a couple of occasions, including at a work function and a college party. Heavy drinking scenes often end in physical fights or sexual encounters. A car accident sends Tessa to the hospital, but she's fine soon after. Language includes "f--k," "a--wipe," "suck," "oh my God," "dumbass," "bitch," "hell," "d--k," "bulls--t," and "carpet sucking."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrandomparent October 27, 2020

Really good! Better than prequel

I don't know why Common Sense rated this so high, but it really wasn't that bad. There was no nudity, only bare backs. There was swearing, a lot of i... Continue reading
Adult Written byraterOFeverything October 28, 2020

Tough movie

R: some strong language and sexual content, suggestive images, and nude
Teen, 13 years old Written byviviennegreyy November 26, 2020

Great Teen Romance, but not for kids.

As a 13 year old girl who loves to watch romance movies, this was pretty good. I recommend not showing this movie to people under 13 years old as it contains se... Continue reading

What's the story?

Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) have been apart for a month, but their attraction is still alive in AFTER WE COLLIDED. Tessa is working at a publishing house as part of a paid internship, where she befriends Trevor (Dylan Sprouse), a do-gooder who develops a crush on her. Hardin is still struggling to put his past behind him, including a traumatic event from his childhood and the emotional turmoil of his parents' divorce and his dad forming a happy new family. After a night of drinking, Tessa calls Hardin and the two get back together, first just physically but then in a more committed way. Will their love be able to withstand Hardin's problems and past lies? When Tessa is offered a job in Seattle and Trevor tells Hardin he's no good for her, their future looks less certain than ever.

Is it any good?

A sequel of the cult Wattpad-published, One Direction fan fiction series (turned book series), this movie has a built-in audience, but it offers little of interest for anyone else. After We Collided relies heavily on clichéd characters, especially the contrast of bad boy Hardin, covered in tattoos and dealing with an alcohol addiction, and good boy Trevor, the bespectacled numbers whiz. It also offers a laughably unrealistic view of both college, which aside from a couple of mentions and some over-the-top frat parties, it's unclear if anyone actually attends, and the working world, where on only her second day of a low-paid internship, Tessa is taken to a conference, bought a new dress by her supervisor, invited to a nightclub, offered alcoholic drinks despite being underage, and put up in a fancy hotel suite.

Langford and Fiennes Tiffin do a fine job of transmitting the electrical excitement of new lovers who can't keep their hands off each other. Unfortunately, the rest of the film and characters feel constructed solely to prop up the choreographed sex scenes. Yes, their tortuous relationship is the main story, but it can't ring true if the action and characters around it don't. (An exception is Hardin's mom, played by Louise Lombard.) An opening voice-over draws parallels between this story and similar ones "passed down through the ages," recalling the Greeks, Shakespeare, the Brontes, and Jane Austen. It's a laughable overstatement. The film does what it's meant to do for a specific intended audience. Why try to suggest anything grander?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how After We Collided compares to the first in the series, After.

  • If you've read the original series, how are the films similar to or different from the written works? Should film adaptations always be faithful to the original? Why or why not?

  • In the final scene, a new character is introduced. Did this make you want to watch the next film in the series? Where do you think the story will go with this character?

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