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After Movie Review – When good girl met bad boy

Josephine Langford plays Tessa Young, an innocent college freshman who begins a turbulent relationship with “bad boy” Hardin Scott

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Starring: Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes-Tiffin
Directed by: Jenny Gage
Genre: Drama/Romance
Best watched in the company of: S/O, Friends
Rating: 15+

More often than not, movies and TV shows with the backdrop of American colleges translate into entertaining viewing experiences. Be it the popular Netflix show 13 Reasons Why or even the latest Hollywood release, After – vulnerable college students make questionable life decisions often attracts heavy viewership from young audiences.

Based on the 2014 adult fiction novel of the same name, After begins on the day that Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) is leaving home for college. Her mother is worried about her daughter’s partying roommate, but she is reassured as Tessa has always been responsible and hardworking while growing up. Tessa has also had the same boyfriend since childhood – Noah, a high school senior back home, but all of that is set to change when she falls for Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin), a mysterious poetry-reciting rebel who is about to change her life forever.

Despite the plot being formulaic, After is a film worth watching. The palpable chemistry shared between the two leads, Tessa and Hardin, is the most important thread keeping the film together for 106 minutes. In terms of screenplay, it is a gradual buildup that eventually leads up to a big bang.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

After is currently playing in cinemas across UAE. 

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