Netflix’s ‘The After Party’ is a complete miss

Marilyn Parra, Staff Writer

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Netflix’s original movie “The After Party,” has a predictable storyline and stereotypes the rapping industry.

With the overuse of drugs, strippers, and obscene jokes this movie gives a bad light to the world of rap.

Young rapper Owen, played by real-life artist Kyle Harvey, is trying to pursue his dream of being a big-time rapper with the help of his best friend and manager Jeff, played by Harrison Holzer.

At the beginning of the movie, it is obvious both characters do not know how to act. After watching this movie it is clear to say, any ordinary person has what it takes to be in a movie.

The excessive use of real-life rappers and social media stars took attention away from the main characters.

Artists like Wiz Khalifa, French Montana and DJ Khaled made cameo appearances that were nothing but filled with cringe-worthy acting and poor line delivery.

Watching celebrities act in this movie is second-hand embarrassment with their awkward jokes proving they should stick to writing and recording music.

More than half the artist appearing in this movie had no connection to the story line which made it seem as if adding big-time rappers would give this movie more credibility.

The female roles were degrading with the unnecessary use of strippers and young girls looking for a high.

Derogatory remarks that were made in the film about how a woman should look and act were offensive.

Actress and singer Teyana Taylor starred as Bl’asia, a stripper with a crazy ex-boyfriend.

Taylor accomplished one thing no other artist in that movie did, and that was acting.

Taylor’s role was the most believable and creative, it was nice to see at least one stripper in the movie portrayed as tough and hard working.

Despite the lack of originality, the writer did a great job covering the use of technology. Social media was a key factor in helping Owen strive for fame.

Slang used in today’s generation was incorporated throughout the movie, words like “deadass,” and “tripping” were used.

Director and writer Ian Edelman clearly needed help writing this movie.

Edelman tried too hard to make the movie relatable, which ended up being a total mess.

Towards the end, the director added a clip dedicating the movie to producer Lee “Q” O’ Denat.

O’ Denat was the founder of the famous site, World Star Hip Hop which is mentioned throughout the film.

It was a dedication that lacked energy, with such a great story to tell, Edelman should not have done it alone.

He could’ve saved a lot of money by reducing the appearances of celebrities throughout the film. There was no need to cast a celebrity in almost every scene.

As for the rap lyrics, they were corny and cheesy. Harvey did a bad job freestyling the raps, they didn’t sound natural at all, it was clear that they were too rehearsed.

Overall, “The After Party” is not the best movie to watch. As unrealistic as it is the movie can be quite entertaining with its bad acting and cringe moments.

It’s a movie to watch when you have finished all your favorite Netflix shows, but is definitely not a top trending movie.

 

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