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After a horrific car accident, Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up to find the funeral director (Liam Neeson) preparing her body for her funeral. Trapped with no one to turn to, Anna is forced to believe that she is merely in transition to the afterlife.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Positive messages
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Positive role models
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Confusing chiller explores death; too dark for teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that After.Life -- a psychological horror film that's more depressing than it is scary -- features a female character who is nude or wearing a negligee throughout much of the film. She is also supposed to be dead, even though she's conscious, and is under the control of a creepy male undertaker who seems to drug her into submission. The movie explores death extensively and doesn't offer much in the way of hope or positive characters. It features a great deal of swearing (including "asshole," "s--t" and "f--k,"), drinking and drugs (including driving while intoxicated), and general, simmering anger. Also, an adult hits a child across the face in anger.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether the movie was scary or not. Can psychological thrillers sometimes be scarier than outright violent horror movies? Why? What different elements make a movie scary? How do you deal with feeing scared from movies or TV -- does it ever effect you after the movie or show is over?
  • Did Paul and Anna really love each other? If not, was that the reason they went through their ordeals?

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2 stars


- citawijaya, Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1 star

I dont know what I just watched but it was not good

- dukeakasmudge, Wednesday, August 4, 2010

4 stars

"It's time you finally accepted the truth. You are dead. You will never live again." In After.Life (cool title, right?) Christina Ricci plays Anna, a young school teacher who's drifting through life with a bottle of pills, unable to even connect to her boyfriend (Justin Long, who seems to play the main character's boyfriend in nearly every movie he's in) in the bedroom or in a simple conversation. After her apparent death in an accident, she somehow wake up in a funeral home with a mortician (Liam Neeson, with his creepy dial turned up to over 9000) that she had a chance encounter with earlier that day. He claims that he has a gift for communicating with the recently deceased, and it's his job to help her accept the reality of her death and move on. But, is he really telling the truth? Is Anna actually dead, or has she become the captive of a truly disturbed man? As she struggles to answer this question inside the funeral home, her boyfriend and a young student of hers are left wrestling with questions of their own. I'm mystified by some of the negative reviews I've seen for this movie. Perhaps people were expecting a horror film? That's not at all what After.Life aspires to be. It's a thriller with supernatural elements. And the criticisms of ambiguity are even more baffling. If you're capable of paying a moderate amount of attention while watching, the events of the movie and the ending are quite clear. While the film did have a few editing errors (early evening to pitch black night, in the time it takes to find a key on a keyring?), the dialgoue was occasionally clunky, and some people may be put off by some of the questionable decisions that Anna makes, I thought this was a solid movie. The premise was interesting, and I always find Christina Ricci to be a fine actress, when given decent material. There were points in the movie where I was actually riveted. I'll admit that After.Life requires you to keep your suspension of disbelief handy, but I thought it was well worth the effort. I passionately recommend that anyone who's interested gives After.Life a try. Just please be warned, I repeat, this is NOT a horror movie. Some people may feel that it's slow-paced, but I never found it to be even slightly dull. The pace suited the story perfectly. Most importantly, you have to pay attention if you want to avoid the confusion that so many people seem to have inexplicably suffered from.

- lewiskendell, Wednesday, August 4, 2010