The After Party is a new comedy streaming on Netflix.  It’s about a rapper named Oh! (Owen) who is struggling to make it in hip-hop and his manager/best friend who will stop at nothing to get him signed.  Oh! suffers an embarrassment during a show early on in the film, and it looks like his career is over.  His manager Jeff (Harrison Holzer) finds out that a producer they’ve been hounding is going to be at a French Montana concert and he convinces Oh! (real rapper KYLE) to come along and give it one last shot.


The film is barely 90 minutes.

Okay, that’s a bit harsh.  To be fair, this movie isn’t terrible, and it was so close to being something good.

This movie wants to be House Party meets Adventures in Babysitting, and it almost succeeds.  The premise and the style are so clearly steeped in the 80s and early 90s.  It’s a throwback movie.  Unfortunately, most of that turns out to be surface level and never really resonate.

Oh, and every shot is in focus.  That’s a good thing.


It’s another unfunny comedy.  It isn’t tasteless like some I’ve seen, and the movie deserves credit for that.  There are jokes in this movie.  Unfortunately, most of them fall flat.

As I mentioned before, the movie is partially inspired by House Party.  The main relationship in the film is that of Oh! and his best friend and manager Jeff.  This would be analogous to the Kid and Play relationship in House Party.  The big difference being that Kid and Play had chemistry.  They were friends previously, and they worked well together.  Kyle and Harrison don’t have that kind of chemistry.  When they are torn apart (in a scene that the movie doesn’t earn at all), we don’t care because we haven’t been shown the depth of their friendship in any meaningful way.


The hip-hop cameos are gratuitous.  There are so many, and they are shoe-horned in, and they add nothing to the movie.  I would have rather they spend their time developing the relationships more.


The After Party is uneven in pacing and humor, but it’s not an abysmal failure.  There are a few bright spots in an otherwise cliched and dull script, but the lack of humor and poor chemistry between the leads makes it a pass in my book.


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Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

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