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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You have to find your soulmate, because love is really all you need. Dating is terrible, but you should never stop trying to find your soulmate. They often turn up when you least expect it.
Positive Role Models
Michael starts out incredibly self-centered. He doesn't treat women well, objectifies their bodies. Most of his successful interactions with the living world involve aggression. But he changes for the better after he meets Honey Bee, his soulmate. Honey Bee is a good listener, not afraid to challenge Michael. She shows some weakness in how she handles the villain, her former boss who's now stalking her, but a lot of women will unfortunately relate to the reasons she says there's nothing she can do about it. Main characters are all White. Supporting cast and background action show some diversity.
Violence & Scariness
A man shoots a woman point blank in the chest with a large handgun; a small amount of blood on her shirt is shown. Close-up of a face shows bloody injuries. A stalker tries to prevent his victim from entering her home by persistently blocking her movements. Lives are in danger as characters are chased by the villain. Two people fall onto subway tracks just before a train goes by. No gore or injuries shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of graphic talk about sexual activity like handcuffing someone to a bed, describing breasts and nipples, having erections, watching people have sex and masturbate, having a "raging boner," and saying something feels like "f--king the world through three really thick condoms." Men who can't be seen by the living pass the time watching women in a locker room and describe body parts. Women are fully nude from front, back, and sides. A couple of references to masturbating to a memory. Mention of simultaneous orgasm. A man's naked buttocks are seen. A couple of kisses.
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"T-tties," "s--t," "f--king," "f--k," "motherf----rs," "d--ks," "p---y," "ass," "goddamn," and "goddammit." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
A positive mention of Burger King.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The all-adult cast drink alcohol frequently. Many scenes take place in bars. Some slight drunken behavior shown without consequences. A character lights a cigarette in a restaurant and says it's OK because she knows the owner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Here After (also released under the name Faraway Eyes) is an afterlife romance that's fairly dark and serious in tone. There's lots of explicit talk using crude language about sexual activity like handcuffing to a bed, watching people having sex and masturbating, erections, and more. Women are seen fully nude from the front, back, and sides; a man's buttocks are shown. The only sexual activity actually shown are a couple of long kisses. Adults drink alcohol frequently, often to excess, with some drunken behavior but no consequences. Strong language besides the crude sex talk includes "p---y," "t-tties," "d--ks," and "f--k." A point-blank shooting shows some blood on the victim's shirt. The opening scene is an extended close-up of an accident victim's bloody face. Two people fall on subway tracks just before a train goes by, but nothing else is shown beyond the falling. A character lights a cigarette in a restaurant. An extended scene shows two men objectifying women in a locker room. The villain is a stalker who won't leave his victim alone or take no for an answer. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
At best this movie could appeal only to the biggest romance fans around, but even for them the problems and weaknesses might be too much to overcome. First and foremost is the premise of Here After, which is that you can only be truly happy if you find your soulmate, and that dying alone is the worst possible fate because you'll cease to exist on any plane if you remain alone. But if you agree with the premise, or are willing to go along with it for the ride, you'll bump up against a fair amount of hurtful attitudes toward women in the way they're often treated like sex objects. The opening scene makes this pretty clear right off the bat. Then there's the weak storytelling. It's full of clichés and even falls back on the biggest crutch of all, the sudden act of violence that comes from nowhere and tries to manufacture tension and suspense.
The acting isn't exactly stellar but it's solid. The ending will satisfy die-hard (ahem) romance fans. But the excessive and glamorous drinking and the crudity, nudity, and mature themes mean it's definitely not for kids.
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