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Parents' Guide to

The After Party

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Movie about aspiring rapper has drugs, nudity, and language.

Movie NR 2018 120 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+
This movie tries really hard to appeal to teens and early adult which isn’t a suprise given the title and cast. This movie tries so hard to be “cool” with street wear brands right in your face along music from Brockhampton and French Montana. There is no attention to character development, the plot makes no sense, and there’s awful borderline funny dialogue. This movie is just a underwritten mess with unlikable characters that tries so hard to be trendy.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 18+

Review

I was disappointed with this movie....it was not good at all!! I feel they were also making fun of seizures/Epilepsy. Being an individual with that illness makes it not worth my time watching!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This movie often drags, despite a solid performance by Kyle Harvey as Owen. Ironically, while he's endearing as an actor, his talents as a rapper, supposedly the gift that drives him in The After Party, seem a bit underwhelming. The movie is constructed as a fantasy in which every scene is propelled by some far-fetched goal: rapping in front of a producer, hanging with him at a concert, meeting him at an after-party. The energy the guys exert in overcoming many obstacles posed to these goals fuels the movie, but also obscures the fact that achieving the goals in no way guarantees Owen the riches, fame, or success he seems to seek.

Equally shaky is Owen's assumption that his career is over after one viral video as Seezjaboy. And also unrealistic is the idea that you can show up at Parris Island, the Marine training base, without enlisting first, or enlist and then just not show up owing to a last-minute recording contract. Just about every motivating, tension-building development in this plot is weak, if not downright false, which is funny since the movie's main message suggests that nothing is more important than authenticity. Older teens may be willing to suspend enough disbelief to enjoy this movie despite its flaws.

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