The After Party – Review

Genre Drama
Directed by Ian Edelman
Starring Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer, Shelley Hennig, Teyana Taylor, Jamie Choi, Amin Joseph, Jordan Rock, Andy Buckley, Blair Underwood  
Released on August 24, 2018 (Worldwide)
Flixxpanda Rating   4/10
Channel Netflix

The After Party is another ‘basic’ Netflix movie. There isn’t really any concrete plot-line to the film and its cringe-worthy most of the time. It’s supposed to be about the real world of hip-hop, but it just ends up checking all the stereotypes. It portrays the world of rap in a bad light and with the way the planet is right now, we really don’t need that. The rap world is much more than just booze and pills, it’s a lot of hard work that people don’t really seem to get.

The film is about a struggling SoundCloud rapper Owen (Kyle Harvey). He’s trying really hard to succeed but isn’t really finding any opportunities to showcase his rap skills. His best friend and manager, Jeff (Harrison Holzer) are the main characters. In the opening scene of the movie, we see Owen rapping to someone behind a toilet who they hope is a record label executive but turns out to be an intern instead (this was the only scene that made me laugh, in the entire film).

There’s a side plotline of a boy who can’t get over his lifetime crush and while that’s super sad but also kinda cute, it’s just a pointless sideline. It has no relevance to the movie and just feels like some sort of distraction.

The After Party also constantly tries to prove itself. The characters try to prove that they’re not completely lame, that they do possess a vast knowledge about music. Like we get it, you know the lyrics to really old songs! The writing is terrible, the acting is not entirely horrible but quite bad. It’s unwatchable unless you like the flashy clout.

The excessive and unnecessary consumption of drugs and alcohol just builds on every cliché in the culture of hip-hop and rap. Women are scantily clothed and don’t really have any role except for either motivation or pleasure of men. Furthermore, there is a scene in the movie where the lead character, Owen does a lot of weed from Wiz Khalifa and has a seizure. Whether Owen is epileptic or has any sort of seizure disorder is never mentioned. To make matters worse, a video of him having the seizure goes viral and there’s a dance move based on it. The entire situation seems to be in poor taste. People all over the internet were offended and honestly so was I. It just feels like they tried to make a joke, but it feels messed up.

There are a lot of cameos in The After Party from famous rappers like Wiz Khalifa, DJ Khaled, French Montana, etc. But the star-studded movie has no actual plot line so it just feels like they were trying to be #relatable. Watching them attempt to act and crack poor jokes was cringe-worthy and not amusing, to say the least.

The After Party is the movie playing in the background of a party that nobody actually watches. It’s got zero takeaways. Please use your time more productively.

Video Credits – Netflix | YouTube

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