After We Collided (2020)

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After We Collided (2020)

Based on the 2014 romance novel of the same name, this follows the love life of two young adults.

After We Collided is a 2020 American romantic drama film directed by Roger Kumble, and written by Anna Todd and Mario Celaya. It is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Todd, and is the sequel to After (2019). The film stars Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin reprising their roles as Tessa Young and Hardin Scott, respectively, with Dylan Sprouse, Shane Paul McGhie, Candice King, Khadijha Red Thunder, Inanna Sarkis, Samuel Larsen, and Selma Blair in supporting roles.

After We Collided premiered in select territories on September 2, 2020, before being released simultaneously in theaters and video-on-demand in the United States on October 23, 2020, by Open Road Films. Like its predecessor, the film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics, with many criticizing the plot, characters, acting and glamourized portrayal of toxic relationships. Despite this, it was a box-office success, grossing $48 million worldwide.

The film was followed by a sequel, After We Fell, in September 2021, with another sequel After Ever Happy set for release in September 2022. A prequel and another sequel are in development.

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After We Collided (2020) Reviews

“After,” the adaptation of the first book in Anna Todd’s series of novels chronicling the ups-and-downs of a passionate romance between an innocent young woman and the smooth-chested bad boy who unexpectedly swept her off her feet (among other things), was one of last year’s very worst films—it took me no less than three attempts to get to the end when I finally caught up with it and watching terrible movies is a professional skill of mine.That said, at least its flaws were of the run-of-the-mill variety—dull characters, insipid plotting, and a complete lack of chemistry between the two leads—and it could have even been argued that part of the problem was that I was not exactly the target audience for a story that evidently began as One Direction fan-fiction. And yet, as bad as it was, it comes across as borderline competent in the memory when compared to the follow-up, “After We Collided,” a film so lazy and inane that it feels as contemptuous towards its audience as I am towards it.

For those of you who somehow managed to miss “After,” it recounted the story of Tessa Young (Josephine Langford), the bookish and repressed daughter of an overbearing mother (Selma Blair). At college, Tessa quickly found herself in the thrall of Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin), the campus Lothario whose bad-boy exterior masked a tortured soul that only she could properly nurture.Viewers watched the progression, for lack of a better word, of their relationship—with older ones quizzically noting the presence of such familiar faces as Blair, Peter Gallagher, and Jennifer Beals in brief throwaway roles along the way—before coming to the shocking climactic revelation that Hardin’s wooing of Tessa was the result of a dare. This caused her to dump him, sensibly enough, but the final moments of the film suggested that there might be a happy ending for them after all.

As it turns out, that optimistic conclusion was merely a figment of Hardin’s imagination and when we first see him, a month after the events of the first film, he is filling his days drinking, getting tattoos and pining for his lost love.

As for Tessa, she has a slightly stronger rebound as she begins her new job as an intern reading manuscripts for a publishing company and manages to find the next mega-seller, is taken along by her boss for a wild night partying with investors (including a fancy new dress and hotel suite on the company dime) and makes goo-goo eyes with shy-but-hunky accountant Trevor (Dylan Sprouse), all within her first 24 hours of employment.

Nevertheless, her feelings for Hardin are still there, and when his mother (Louise Lombard) arrives from England under the assumption that they are still together (don’t ask), she agrees to play along. This leads to an endless string of scenes that alternate between the two indulging in bouts of what a far wiser man once referred to as “rumpy-pumpy” and fighting over issues that could have easily been cleared up if they did not collectively possess the IQ of a crouton.

Along the way, Hardin’s Tortured Past comes back into play and rears its ugly head when he, along with Tessa and his mom, attends the fancy Christmas party thrown by his rich and estranged father (Rob Estes) and new stepmother (Karimah Westbrook), making a drunken spectacle of himself.

The details of what transpires are forgettable (the film certainly has no real use for them) but those who saw the first film may be too distracted to notice because the roles of the father and stepmother were the ones played by Gallagher and Beals the first time around and who somehow managed to escape any involvement here—presumably by constructing and flying a homemade hot-air balloon to freedom. This is especially odd because Selma Blair is still around for a turn even briefer and more pointless than before.

Her continued presence can only be explained in one of two ways—either her co-stars neglected to tell her of the balloon launch or she decided out of misguided loyalty towards director Roger Kumble, with whom she worked on the infinitely superior and thematically similar “Cruel Intentions” (1999).

So what is it about “After We Collided” that makes it bad? For starters, there is literally no story to be had in the screenplay (co-written by Todd), just a series of tedious incidents in a relationship, for lack of a better word, that somehow manage to come across as both startlingly toxic and completely innocuous.The two central characters are even duller and less appealing than before, and things are not helped by the complete lack of chemistry between them. Most hilariously, the film attempts to shake the original’s PG-13 origins by venturing into R-rated territory in the most inept ways possible—the script drops F-bombs with all the grace and subtlety of a 10-year-old boy who has just learned it, and the sex scenes are infused with the kind of heat that, if the movie were an oven, you would be checking the pilot light.

Too moronic to work as a serious romantic drama and too boring to work as straightforward sleaze, “After We Collided” is a film so dumb I fear that some may be tempted to look it up to see just how bad it really is.

Instead of doing that, may I suggest that you instead seek out “The Souvenir” (2019), Joanna Hogg’s deeply felt depiction of a passionate-but-toxic relationship that was one of last year’s very best films and one that will stick with you long after it has ended. By comparison, all you will feel at the conclusion of this movie, besides a momentary burst of relief, is a sense of dread over the fact that this saga will apparently include two more installments before it concludes. Then again, maybe we will luck out and that will prove to be nothing more than a dream as well.

  • Peter Sobczynski  –  Roger Ebert
  • Peter Sobczynski is a contributor to and Magill’s Cinema Annual and can be heard weekly on the nationally syndicated “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse” radio show.

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After We Collided (2020)

Rated R for sexual content, language throughout and some drug material.

105 minutes


Josephine Langford as Tessa Young

Hero Fiennes Tiffin as Hardin Scott

Shane Paul McGhie as Landon Gibson

Dylan Sprouse as Trevor Matthews

Samuel Larsen as Zed Evans

Inanna Sarkis as Molly Samuels


  • Roger Kumble

Writer (based on the novel by)

  • Anna Todd


  • Anna Todd
  • Mario Celaya


  • Larry Reibman


  • Anita Brandt-Burgoyne


  • Justin Caine Burnett


After We Collided (2020) Plot

One month after his breakup with Tessa Young, Hardin Scott meets an unknown homeless man, whom he rebuffs after the man tries to ask him a question. On her first day as an intern at Vance Publishing, Tessa shares an awkward encounter with coworker Trevor Matthews. Impressed with her work, Vance’s owner Christian Vance takes Tessa, Trevor, and his secretary and girlfriend Kimberly to a Seattle-area work event.

At a nightclub, Tessa and Trevor network with and impress a businessman considering an investment in Vance. Tessa drunk-dials Hardin, compelling him to track her down. He arrives at her hotel room to find a half-dressed Trevor (whose clothes were drying after Tessa accidentally spilt wine on them). Hardin kicks Trevor out of the room, and Tessa fights with Hardin before the two have sex.

The next morning, Hardin and Tessa fight again before Tessa and Trevor leave with Vance, who informs his interns that he has secured financing from the businessman. Tessa and Hardin each come to regret their decision to end their relationship. When Tessa returns to the apartment she shared with Hardin to retrieve some belongings, Hardin steps into the apartment with his mother Trish, who assumes the two are still dating.

Tessa plays along and finds that she enjoys spending time with Hardin and Trish, who reveals to Tessa the source of Hardin’s personality issues: he is traumatized after watching Trish get violently raped by men to whom his father Ken owed money. On the following day, her birthday, Tessa visits her mother Carol’s house and encounters her ex-boyfriend Noah. The two accidentally reveal that Tessa’s long-lost father had visited the home in an attempt to see her. Feeling betrayed, Tessa returns to Hardin’s apartment and resumes a relationship with him.

On Christmas Day, Hardin, Tessa, and Trish attend a holiday party at Hardin’s dad, Kent. Furious at Ken’s apparent willingness to forgive himself for his role in the attack on Trish, Hardin gets drunk and attacks Ken. Tessa describes the incident to Trevor, who warns her that her relationship with Hardin will not end well.

Vance contacts Tessa to inform her that his company is expanding and moving to Seattle, and offers her a job there. On New Year’s Eve, Tessa and Hardin attend a party hosted at a university frat house, where they reconnect with a number of their former college friends. Each misinterprets a conversation held by the other: Tessa assumes Hardin is cheating on her when she sees him asking for the forgiveness of another girl with whom he had previously been involved, and Hardin accidentally learns of Vance’s offer and concludes that Tessa will leave him for Trevor.

Tessa and Hardin fight, and Tessa storms off. Hardin only sees apologetic texts sent by Tessa the next day after charging his phone. He calls Tessa, and she reaches for her phone while driving and is involved in a car accident that leaves her injured.

Devastated by his indirect responsibility for the accident, Hardin decides ending the relationship, but Trish talks him out of it. He races to Vance’s farewell party, where Vance proposes to Kimberly. Tessa fights with Hardin once more before deciding to continue dating him. One night sometime afterwards, the homeless man who spoke to Hardin earlier confronts the two and reveals his identity: he is Tessa’s father.


After We Collided (2020) Box office

The film debuted to $10 million from 16 countries, with Italy ($2.6 million) being the largest market. In its second weekend, the film grossed $4.2 million from 21 countries, for a 10-day running total of $21 million. In Sweden, the film grossed $295,567 from 122 theaters during the first five days of its theatrical release, beginning on September 9.

Following the strong sophomore numbers, it was announced the film would have an increase in the theater totals in several countries, including the United Kingdom where its gross jumped 18% in the second weekend and was being distributed by Shear Entertainment would increase from 59 theaters to 360. In its third weekend the film made $4.1 million from 31 countries.

In its fourth weekend, the film earned $3.25 million from 32 countries. In Spain the film earned (€3.2 million) $3.7 million.

In After We Collideds domestic debut, it grossed $422,899 from 460 theaters. Over that same period, it was the number one most rented film on Google Play and Apple TV, and second at FandangoNow. The following weekend it remained first at Google and Apple, while finishing third at both Fandango and Spectrum.


After We Collided (2020) Critical Response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 13% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[27] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 14 out of 100, based on four critics, indicating “overwhelming dislike.”


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After We Collided (2020) Movie Info

A college student’s relationship with a troubled youth gets put to the test when she meets another man who’s attracted to her.


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