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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Try to forgive your loved ones if they deserve second chances. Where trust is broken, try to rebuild it if you can.
Positive Role Models
Kevin and Natalie try to move on from the past and are both willing to start fresh.
Violence & Scariness
Suicide trigger warning as a main character's brother "hung himself in the closet." There are also heavy moments of sexual violence, bloody violence, gore, and mutilation throughout. There are scenes that show pictures of a man whose head has been exploded off or in, a clean-up crew cleaning up blood and guts (and the remnants of a human jaw), a man attacking a woman and trying to rape her, a woman stabbing a man in the back with scissors, a woman being kidnapped and drugged by a male captor, who also forcefully kisses her, some fighting, and a car being burned and torched.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and a woman have sex on a couch and on a bed, and the woman is topless but no explicit nudity is shown. Some thrusting is displayed and the man puts his hand under the covers (and starts touching the woman) during another encounter. Adults romantically kiss, pornography magazines show up at a man's house, and one man complains about a woman "sucking another man's d--k." Adults discuss romantic relationships.
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Strong language includes: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "d--k," "goddamn," and "Jesus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol at dinners, to relax, to celebrate, and to socialize. One character mentions her "drug-addicted" sister in rehab. A man threatens a woman with a syringe full of an unidentified drug.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Aftermath (2021) is a violent, bloody, and at times gory horror film that has many jump scares and lots of tension. There are scenes of sexual violence, body mutilation, and murder. In addition to sexual violence triggers, there are a few suicide triggers when characters mention a brother who hung himself in a closet. A woman is kidnapped and drugged. The movie has a few sex scenes with touching and thrusting but no explicit nudity is shown. Pornography magazines get sent to a man's house. Adults drink often, over dinner, to celebrate, to relax, and to socialize. Strong language throughout ("f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," "d--k," "goddamn," and "Jesus.") To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This horror movie comes close to being decent, but sadly is too long, too unsurprising, and too unrealistic. Despite Aftermath (2021) being loosely based on a true story, the film nevertheless comes across as wildly unbelievable because of a few glaring issues. For one, while there have been terrifying news stories similar to what happens, the way this film delivers its reveal ultimately feels hollow because so much time is spent on delivering supernatural thrills. It's hard not to think this would be a better film if it had taken the other path, so to speak.
Secondly, the entire premise that Natalie and Kevin are suffering financially is curious. Kevin works cleaning up murder scenes (just a coincidence) and Natalie wants him to go back to college. Meanwhile, Natalie doesn't have a job and hopes that a big deal might catapult her fashion business into something viable and profitable. So why are these two beautiful, young White people living in a huge and expensive house, only to then buy a different, larger, and even more beautiful house? Sure, maybe one of them has a trust fund or an inheritance, but nothing is mentioned.
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