After We Collided
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRoger Kumble
Screenplay by
Based onAfter We Collided
by Anna Todd
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyLarry Reibman
Edited byAnita Brandt-Burgoyne
Music byJustin Burnett
Production
companies
Distributed byOpen Road Films
Release dates
  • September 2, 2020 (2020-09-02) (Europe)
  • October 23, 2020 (2020-10-23) (United States)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$48 million[1][2]

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 was released in selected European countries on September 2, 2020 to negative reviews, before being released simultaneously in theaters and video-on-demand in the United States on October 23, 2020, by Open Road Films.

The film was followed by a sequel, After We Fell, in September 2021, with another sequel After Ever Happy in post-production. A prequel and another sequel are in development.[3]

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 Ken's home. 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. Tessa only sees apologetic texts sent by Hardin the next day. She tries to read them 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.

Cast

Production

In May 2019, it was confirmed that a sequel to the film After was planned with Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin reprising their roles as Tessa Young and Hardin Scott respectively.[4]

On August 4, it was announced that Roger Kumble would direct the sequel.[5] On August 5, it was announced that Dylan Sprouse was cast as Trevor, Tessa's coworker.[6] On August 15, Charlie Weber, Rob Estes, Louise Lombard, Candice King, Karimah Westbrook and Max Ragone were announced to play Christian Vance, Ken Scott, Trish, Kim, Karen, and Smith, respectively.[7] Estes and Westbrook replaced Peter Gallagher and Jennifer Beals as Ken and Karen Scott respectively.

Principal photography began in August 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.[8][9]

Release

After We Collided was theatrically released in Italy, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom on September 2, 2020.[10] On September 3, 2020, the film was released in Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, and Ukraine.[11] It was then released in Sweden on September 9,[12] in Australia, Denmark, the Middle East and New Zealand on September 10, and in Canada, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, and Romania on September 11.[13] It was released simultaneously to theaters and on-demand in the United States on October 23, 2020, by Open Road Films.[14][15] In selected regions, it was released on Netflix on December 22, 2020.[16]

Reception

Box office and VOD

The film debuted to $10 million from 16 countries, with Italy ($2.6 million) being the largest market.[17] In its second weekend, the film grossed $4.2 million from 21 countries, for a 10-day running total of $21 million.[18] In Sweden, the film grossed $295,567 from 122 theaters during the first five days of its theatrical release, beginning on September 9.[19] 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.[20] In its third weekend the film made $4.1 million from 31 countries.[21] In its fourth weekend, the film earned $3.25 million from 32 countries. In Spain the film earned (€3.2 million) $3.7 million.[22]

In After We Collided's domestic debut, it grossed $422,899 from 460 theaters.[23] Over that same period, it was the number one most rented film on Google Play and Apple TV, and second at FandangoNow.[24] The following weekend it remained first at Google and Apple, while finishing third at both Fandango and Spectrum.[25]

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.[26] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 14 out of 100, based on four critics, indicating "overwhelming dislike."[27]

Sequels

Main article: After We Fell

Main article: After Ever Happy

In September 2020 it was announced that two sequels, After We Fell and After Ever Happy, were greenlit to go into back-to-back production, with Castille Landon directing both films.[28] After We Fell was theatrically released on September 30, 2021. After Ever Happy will be released on September 7, 2022.

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