Film Review - The After Party

>> I think everyone is pretty accustomed to the vast amount of content Netflix is creating. These shows and films are all branded with the Netflix logo and the title of “Netflix Original”. Netflix has released some pretty impressive content—including shows like GLOW, Black Mirror, and The Crown. But how do Netflix Original films hold up? This summer Netflix announced their “Summer of Love”, unleashing a tsunami of diverse romantic comedies that left many smitten with the streaming platform. As the ditsy love wave beings to relax, Netflix is back to releasing a schmorgasboard of films; including Ian Edelman’s most recent feature The After Party.

The After Party follows Owen (KYLE), an aspiring rapper, whose public humiliation goes viral and ultimately destroys his potential career. After he and his best friend get into a NYC after party, he may get the second chance he needs to launch his career. This rap comedy takes on a similar narrative structure as the teen comedies from the 80’s and 90’s, such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The film undoubtedly plays out as a modern day 1980’s teen flick or John Hughes film. If you ever wondered how a film like that would translate with today’s modern amenities, The After Party will leave you wishing you never had.

The After Party makes a notable attempt at creating a modern coming of age film that the average SoundCloud rapper can relate to, but will most likely hate. For a film that tries to give an underlying message of hope and persistence to young creators, it subsequently puts an emphasis on the result of luck in a virally driven age. This film is also extremely unrelatable. While it might be all in good fun, there’s no way in hell a dorky pasty white teenager would be able to sneak into Atlantic Records. Yes, this film is a comedy, but as viewers, we still expect a certain level of credibility.

The After Party is an unfortunate comedy that will surely make you cringe at its pathetic writing and (at times) goofy characters. The film’s plot is nonsensical garbage, it may have worked a few decades ago, but certainly falls flat today. Not only will the plot make you question your decision to watch the film, but the celebrity cameos will make you question how desperate this film is to have any sort of redeemable elements (also a two second shot of DJ Khaled is definitely not redeemable). Be sure to scroll past this one on Netflix. 3/10 <<