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Before and After

by

Roger Davidson

Before and After
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A compelling mystery-drama about a young teenage boy (Edward Furlong of Terminator 2), who is accused of murdering his girlfriend and about how this situation effects his family's lives and the people in the small town in which he lives. His mother (Meryl Streep) wants to search for the truth about what happened. His father (Liam Neeson) wants to keep away any proof that might lead to his son's conviction. The story is seen and at times narrated by Furlong's little sister, who seems to be the one most effected by the murder case.

The film is not brilliant, but it certainly is interesting. It's the type of film that asks the question, "What would you do to keep your child safe?" Streep and Neeson give superb performances as the parents with opposing views on how to help their son. Furlong is equally impressive as the accused kid, finally growing out of the mainstream teenage junk and into a surprisingly mature role. Barbet Schroeder's direction is as grimly fascinating as his Reversal of Fortune. The script tends to lapse into unintentional funny dialogue, but you may be able to ignore such minor details.

My Rating = Three Stars


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