After Ever Happy – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 59 minutes
NOTE: This is a review of the movie ONLY. Not a review of the movie compared to the book.
Hardin and Tessa return to his mother’s wedding reception after Christian reveal that he is Hardin’s father. Hardin confronts his mother, Trish, and she quietly apologizes, but Hardin refuses to listen. He sits at the bar and drinks while Tessa talks to Christian’s fiancée, Kimberly. Then, Tessa looks up and realizes Hardin is gone. She finds him at Trish’s home, setting a fire. Tessa pleads with Hardin to stop, but he won’t. Christian runs in as Hardin ignites the accelerant, snaps Hardin into reality, tells Hardin to leave, and takes the blame.
Hardin jumps into the passenger seat, and Tessa drives all night. Hardin tells Tessa he wants to stay in London and break up with her. She begs him to return to the US, and they make love. Tessa returns to the hotel with Hardin, but he leaves her with the airline tickets and goes to his friends’ house. Tessa tracks Hardin down and finds him in the arms of another girl. She gives him an ultimatum: Leave with her, or she won’t return. He steps back into the other girl’s arms, and Tessa leaves. Realizing he made a mistake, Hardin runs after Tessa. She is done with the back and forth and breaks things off.
In Washington, Tessa returns to Hardin’s apartment with Landon to get her things. She notices the thermostat is on and looks around. She finds her father, Richard, dead with a needle by his side. Tessa returns to her mother’s home and falls into a depression. Landon tries to call Hardin, but Hardin ignores his calls. After numerous attempts, Hardin’s friend picks up, and Landon tells Hardin that Richard died. Hardin demands to speak to Tessa, but she won’t talk to him. Hardin rushes to Washington to be by Tessa’s side during the funeral. As things fall into place, Tessa drops three bombs on Hardin. First, she may not be able to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. If Hardin wanted a family with her, it might never happen. Second, she decided to move to New York with Landon and apply to NYU. She hopes to get a fresh start by leaving everything behind. Third, Tessa doesn’t want Hardin to come. Will they grow apart, or will pain draw Tessa and Hardin to each other again?
Based on the novel, After Ever Happy by Anna Todd and the sequel to After We Fell, this movie continues the roller coaster ride of this doomed romance (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). When you feel Tessa and Hardin grow, something pulls them back into their juvenile state. Tessa finally admits they only stop fighting to make love. Otherwise, they hurt each other emotionally. Each time they are apart, they grow. However, they can’t disconnect from each other’s lives. It’s maddening. They are addicted to drama, trauma, and each other. Don’t be surprised that the screenwriter rushed or skipped sections of the book. That’s typical for movies. For fans of the book, the rumors are true. This film ends with ‘to be continued.’ There will be a fifth movie. No matter how frustrating this couple can be, it flows nicely with the other films.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars
You accidentally wrote a book – Tessa
Which part – Hardin