Afterschool – Movie Review
Robert is a young American student at an elite East Coast preparatory school who accidentally captures on camera the tragic death of two classmates. Their lives become memorialized as part of an audio-visual assignment designed to speed up the campus-wide healing process. But the video memorial assignment results in an atmosphere of paranoia and unease among students and teachers.
After School has done the rounds of a lot of film festivals. As far as I am concerned this is a movie to avoid like the plague. I know the point is to show that there is a whole generation of kids who have grown up with watching things on YouTube or the Internet or television and have no real understanding of the outside world. The opening sequence shows the most graphic dehumanizing, misogynistic porn I have ever seen any place. It was literally stomach turning. The dialogue is crude and rude, including the hanging of Sudam Hussein. Now I get the point that this is a generation that has been desensitized to violence and porn, but as far as I am concerned there is no excuse for this movie. Zero stars.