Aftermath parents guide

Aftermath Parent Guide

This movie has a made for TV vibe that comes from the expensive sets that can't compensate for bargain bin writing.

Overall D

Netflix: Natalie and Kevin have been struggling to keep their marriage together, but a great deal on a new home has given them a new lease on life. Except that the home seems to have a mind of its own...

Release date August 4, 2021

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Aftermath rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Aftermath TV-MA

Run Time: 114 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Kevin (Shawn Ashmore) and Natalie Dadich (Ashley Greene) have been struggling since an affair which nearly destroyed their marriage. Their counselor has recommended a change of scenery, but house prices aren’t cheap. Luckily, in Kevin’s work as a crime-scene cleaner, he’s found a house he thinks will be perfect. Better yet, he knows he can get it cheap, since he recently cleaned up a murder-suicide there. But when he talks Natalie into it, they find that the house may have more than a bad history – it has a dangerous future.

Now, I’m a big fan of haunted house movies. I love the spooky atmosphere, the slowly building tension, the unpleasant sounds in the dark…all of it. This is not that. This is a poorly written high school melodrama in haunted house drag. It’s turgid and overwrought and I thoroughly disliked every minute of it.

The dialogue oscillates wildly between tolerable and outright awful. Given the current price of lumber, the filmmakers probably would have improved their profit margin by sawing their dialogue into boards and selling it as a wood substitute. It doesn’t help that they’ve cut several other corners, including a shot that was noticeably slowed in post-production and a handful of scenes with very obvious dialogue over-dubbing.

As far as family audiences are concerned, this is a real loser in a lot of categories. First, your kids aren’t going to be interested in the constant marital tension/adultery hand-wringing, and second, neither will you. There’s also no small amount of profanity and some fairly gory imagery, although not a lot of on-screen violence. To go with the boring adultery plotline, we also have two sex scenes which feature partial or implied nudity. For some reason, these scenes are back-to-back, which I suppose that makes them easier to skip.

This movie has a certain “made for TV” quality about it, that thin veneer of expensive sets trying to mask discount-bin writing that always leaves a vaguely oily residue on the brain after viewing. It’s a mental liminal space, familiar but fleeting, and deeply unpleasant throughout. This provides an interesting paradox: Having finished the film, most details have oozed out of my brain like a slug confronted with salt, but during viewing I would swear that it was never going to end. What a repellent combination.

Directed by Peter Winther. Starring Ashley Greene, Shawn Ashmore, and Jason Liles.. Running time: 114 minutes. Theatrical release August 4, 2021. Updated

Rating & Content Info

Why is Aftermath rated TV-MA? Aftermath is rated TV-MA by the MPAA

Violence: There are references to suicide. A body is shown with a nasty gunshot wound to the head. Several people are stabbed with scissors. A dog is poisoned. A woman is violently sexually assaulted. A corpse is seen.
Sexual Content: There are two sex scenes which involve partial nudity. There are frequent references to adultery. The cover of a pornographic magazine is briefly seen and there are references to more. There is an attempted sexual assault.
Profanity: There are 25 extreme profanities and 10 scatological curses, as well as occasional uses of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: There are several scenes of adults drinking socially.

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This movie has similarities to The Woman in the Window, Rear Window, The Intruder, Fear of Rain, The Girl on the Train, and Greta.