After We Collided Parent Guide
A steamy teen romance, this film peddles toxic relationship patterns along with the sex and swearing.
Parent Movie Review
Having endured all 105 excruciating minutes of After, I was not enthused about watching a sequel. I expected flat acting, clunky dialogue, and thin filaments of plot designed to string together breathy sexual episodes.
Little did I know that this was a best case scenario. The sequel is much, much worse.
It’s hard to overstate how bad the acting is in the movie. Whoever suggested that Hero Fiennes Tiffin could act did both Mr. Tiffin and movie audiences a disservice. Tiffin broods and attempts to smolder but all he projects is a petulant sense of entitlement and a creepy serial killer vibe. (If he really wants to kick start his career maybe he should consider horror movies.) Josephine Langford retains some of the brightness she carried in After, but even she can’t bring authenticity to this cliché-ridden, tedious script.
In fairness, it’s hard to write a good script based on a weak story. This one starts a month after the first film as Hardin (Tiffin) nurses his broken heart after being rightly rejected by Tessa (Langford) for his deception. Tessa is starting one of those glamorous jobs that you only find in the movies. While most of us in the real world spent our college summers flipping burgers, painting houses, or working retail, Tessa is interning at a publishing house where she’s getting paid to review five novel submissions a week. On her second day at work, the 19 year old is taken to a conference and her employer buys her glitzy clothes – all without any expectation of sexual favors. (Only in Hollywood, right?) What Tessa doesn’t know is that Hardin used to have the same job, and he’s going to come back into her life.
Not surprisingly, Hardin’s reappearance in Tessa’s life isn’t platonic. The first time they see each other again, they have unprotected sex – while Tessa is drunk. This is just the beginning of frequent sex scenes, which come with lots of soft focus camera work plus an abundance of moaning, panting, and thrusting. There is no breast or genital nudity, but there are multiple scenes of lovers sliding their hands under clothes and undressing each other. If After was a foreplay film, After We Collided is a consummation movie, all about anticipation, arousal and climaxes – one of which coincides neatly with the ringing in of the new year. (Nope, I’m not making that up.)
If the non-stop sexual content isn’t enough of a deterrent, profanity and alcohol abuse make the movie even less appealing for teen viewers. Worse still are the toxic messages for young women that sexual chemistry is enough to make it worthwhile staying in a relationship with a man who has a drinking problem and a volatile temper. Encouraging girls to stay in relationships because they “help” their troubled partners is terrible advice, too often leading to heartbreak and possibly harm. If this isn’t scary enough, the movie sequel baits at the end, meaning that there will be more of this saga – unless moviegoers refuse to spend money on this instalment. Now, that would be a happily ever after ending…Directed by Roger Kumble. Starring Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Louise Lombard. Running time: 105 minutes. Theatrical release October 23, 2020. Updated October 23, 2020
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After We Collided
Rating & Content Info
Why is After We Collided rated R? After We Collided is rated R by the MPAA for sexual content, language throughout and some drug material
Violence: An angry man breaks a lamp by throwing it against a wall. A non-explicit rape is seen in flashback. Two women have a fight involving slapping and punching. Two men punch and shove each other. There is a car accident followed by an injured person being put in an ambulance. A character peels a bandage off a fresh tattoo. A man pushes a woman on to the floor. Main characters shout at each other. A person is in a car accident. A man pushes another man up against a wall.
Sexual Content: There are repeated scenes of sexual activity but without visible breasts or genitals. A man and woman repeatedly undress each other. A man repeatedly slides his hands into a woman’s pants and in her cleavage. A woman mentions “going commando”. There is a brief scene of scantily clad dancers. There are brief mentions of oral sex; a scene suggests oral sex. A woman kisses strangers on a couple of occasions. A woman kisses a work colleague. A man mentions seeing a tampon the ground of a nightclub. A woman runs her hands up a man’s groin and kisses his neck. A man has sex with a drunk woman on a couple of occasions. A couple has sex even though the man doesn’t have a condom. A man slides his hand down the underwear of a woman who has told him she’s not interested in sex. A couple has a brief conversation about sexual arousal. A man comments on a woman’s bottom. A man and woman have sex in the shower; his buttocks are briefly visible. A non-explicit rape scene is shown in flashback. A woman strokes a man’s chest tattoos. A woman asks if another is a whore.
Profanity: Over 100 curses are heard in the film, including 77 uses of the sexual expletive (once in a sexual context). A sexual expletive and scatological curses are repeatedly used by a child. There are also 17 uses of scatological terms and six terms of deity. Also heard in the movie are eight anatomical terms, and a half dozen uses of crude terms.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Young adults are shown consuming alcohol at college parties. Young adults play a drinking game with vodka that results in heavy drinking. A main character drinks alcohol in an attempt to manage emotional stress. A tattoo artist offers alcohol to “ease the pain”. Three people share a large cocktail and get drunk. People eat and drink off a woman’s body at a party. People drink alcohol at a Christmas party. A main character repeatedly drinks alcohol from the bottle in a stressful situation. Main characters are frequently get drunk. A character offers marijuana brownies.
Page last updated October 23, 2020
After We Collided Parents' Guide
What role does alcohol play in this story? How does it influence Hardin’s behavior? How can ou recognize if you or someone you care about has a drinking problem? What can you do to help a friend who is a problem drinker?
Alcohol.org: Problem Drinking vs Alcoholism
Psychology Today: Social Drinkers, Problem Drinkers and Alcoholics
Hep Guide: Helping Someone with a Drinking Problem
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