Here After: Review

Michael (Andy Karl) has never really found the one true love of his life. He’s just broken up with another girlfriend, and before he knows it, he’s killed in a traffic accident and his soul is carried over into the hereafter. That’s where he meets Scarlett (Christina Ricci), a woman tasked with helping new souls to transition into the afterlife, but there’s a catch.

Because Michael was single when he died and he never found his soulmate, he has to spend his time looking for the one true love he never found in life so that he can cross over. However, what Michael doesn’t realise is that his time in the hereafter is limited and so just when he thought his dating life was hell, he starts to hate it when he’s dead. Good thing there’s still alcohol.

Here After is a romantic comedy with some mixed messages about being single, finding love and what really happens when you least expect it. Michael tries to find somebody to talk to and he eventually finds Angelo (Michael Rispoli), a friend that died before he did and he finds him in death just as he did in life; single, lonely and depressed.

This leads the men to talk about what it means to find love, how to carry on when all you feel is rejection and the perks of being single. However, this just isn’t enough for Michael and eventually he meets Honey (Nora Arnezeder), a woman who can inexplicably see the dead. Although, with her still being alive, Michael starts to realise their relationship might not take off.

Unfortunately, although Here After does have an interesting premise, the script isn’t that well thought out and doesn’t really know what it wants to say about love. This is particularly evident when Honey’s dark secret is revealed halfway through which may lead the audience to think of the worst possible ending. An ending that they may realise that they were right about.

There’s also never really any attempt at making Michael a likeable character either. When the script starts to talk about love, being alone and finding the one it may think it’s sounding intelligent, but the characterisations sadly give away its true feelings.

The audience may realise that Michael is only the better man in Honey’s life is because he’s not the other guy, and as options go, that doesn’t make for a very compelling love story.

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