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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 106 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
For Tessa Young (Josephine Langford) it's the start of a new life when she starts her studies. Her single mother Carol (Selma Blair) and her high school sweetheart Noah (Dylan Arnold) leave her behind in her hometown to devote herself entirely to learning. But her new roommate Steph (Khadijha Red Thunder) finds this extremely boring. She prefers to show Tessa how much fun life can be. And so she drags the girl to a party where Tessa meets the arrogant Hardin Scott (Hero Fiennes Tiffin). Although he doesn't treat her very nicely, this encounter triggers something in Tessa - something that will actually change her life forever…
As a film critic I watch many films in which I don't (anymore) belong to the target group. Nevertheless, I often succeed in putting myself in the position of the target audience and thus recognizing whether a film is worth seeing for the people for whom it was made. As I said, I often manage to do that, even if I don't belong to the target group at all or have ever belonged to it. But in some cases I do not succeed despite enormous efforts. "After Passion" is such a case. Just like in the "Fifty Shades"-movies it just doesn't occur to me how girls and women can find such dripping stories in front of sometimes really bad and stone-age clichés. But unfortunately there is a market for it and you have to accept that.
As such the attempt to approach a rating quite objectively. However, it quickly becomes clear to me that a factual evaluation makes no sense. For if the target audience were to assess the whole thing objectively, Anna Todd's books would never have been so successful. Because hand on heart: this fan fiction story about One Direction singer Harry Stiles is not really well written. But this doesn't bother the mostly female fans of the books, which is why they won't notice that the dialogues of the cinema adaptation can hardly be beaten in flatness and that the actors all act extremely wooden.
Really sad however is that the many clichés still work. There the "good" girl immediately becomes weak when she is treated badly by a bad boy - because of course he can quote Brontë and has a soooo good core under his hard shell, which only she can uncover. Because her love will save him. So it's okay and even extremely romantic that she cheats on her boyfriend. After all, he is absolutely understanding and nice - and nice is boring and therefore not desirable.
Who doesn't get bile with such clichés and who really believes that guys who treat a girl with arrogance and arrogance basically only want to be rescued, can watch this movie and will probably be well entertained. Everyone else will suffer for 106 minutes, not least because of the soundtrack, where every song sounds the same. Sorry, but there is really only one: Very conditionally worth seeing!
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