Starring: Victoria Justice, Midori Francis, Robyn Scott, Adam Garcia, Spencer Sutherland, Timothy Renouf, Kiroshan Naidoo, Gloria Garcia
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Netflix supernatural comedy directed by Stephen Herek. Afterlife of the Party (2021) follows social butterfly Cassie (Victoria Justice), whp experiences the biggest party foul of all by dying during her birthday week. To her surprise, she’s given a second chance to right her wrongs on Earth by reconnecting with loved ones, and most importantly, prove that she’s worthy enough to get into the big VIP room in the sky.
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Our Favorite Quotes:'Look around. Everybody looks like they're talking to themselves. It's talking to each other that we have trouble with.' - Cassie (Afterlife of the Party) Click To Tweet 'Modesty's a myth that was sold to women a long time ago. Be proud of your work.' - Dr. Marion Redding (Afterlife of the Party) Click To Tweet
Lisa: Instead of going out for your birthday, what if we just stay home, and we put on our stretchy pants, and we puzzle like we used to, and we order more noodles?
Cassie: No. No. We’re not staying in. It’s my birthday week. I have to ring in twenty-five with style!
Lisa: You’ve rung in the past four years with style. What? Taking one night in won’t kill you. Besides, we haven’t puzzled in weeks. I mean, look at Mona. She is missing her smile, and it’s kind of depressing.
Lisa: I’m around dinosaur bones all day, so I’m not really used to talking to people that much.
Cassie: She works in the Museum of Natural History.
Max: Oh, wow! Yeah, I compose music for video games all day, so not a lot of human interaction for me either.
Cassie: [referring to Max] I did notice a spark.
Lisa: There was a spark? No, there was no spark. I’m really focused on work right now, and I can’t have any distractions.
Cassie: Not even in the form of our new neighbor and his cute accent?
Lisa: Well, I’m on a path here. Nail this junior research position, get promoted to field researcher, and then work alongside my paleontologist hero.
Cassie: Hey, Lisa, I want to introduce you to my friend Fun. I don’t know if you two have ever met.
Lisa: I like having a good time too. Only I want to do it with people who’d actually care if something happened to me, or who would like me even if I didn’t rent a very dangerous waterslide.
Cassie: Don’t tell me you’re jealous.
Lisa: I am not jealous of people who look filtered twenty-four-seven.
Lisa: It’s like you think you aren’t worth anything if you aren’t seen.
Cassie: Okay. You know what? Well, at least I’m out making friends, and I’m not hiding at my desk.
Lisa: Because I think that there is more to life than partying, or getting to know knowing all the names of bartenders in town.
Lisa: We never hang out anymore. Just the two of us.
Cassie: We’re busy. We’ll just have to get better at making time for each other.
Lisa: I don’t know, Cassie. I don’t think being friends should feel like work.
Cassie: I don’t think it does, Lisa. But I can tell from your face that you do.
Cassie: I don’t want to stay best friends out of habit anyway.
Lisa: I’m a habit? That’s it? You’re just going to say something like that, and walk away?
Cassie: Maybe it’s time we both admit that we’ve outgrown each other.
Val: I’m Val. Otherwise known as your temporary guardian angel.
Cassie: You don’t look like a guardian angel. I mean, shouldn’t you have a halo?
Val: Oh, special occasions only.
Cassie: Okay, what about wings?
Val: Oh, no, we phased those out years ago.
Val: This isn’t a hallucination. Oh, this part’s always hard. How can I put this? Yeah, you died.
Cassie: Stop saying that!
Val: Yeah. Well, I mean, you saw it yourself, so.
Cassie: I died in the bathroom?
Cassie: Oh! Oh, this keeps getting worse!
Val: Look, it’s going to be okay. And the good news is that the worst is over now that you’re d… No longer living. You don’t have to deal with all of those human annoyances. You know, like heartbreak, or PMS. Just think of the afterlife as one long spa day. And if you’re one of the lucky ones, it could last for an eternity.
Cassie: So, I went up?
Cassie: Is this down? I went down?!
Val: You’re in the middle. We call this the In-Between.
Cassie: So like general admission?
Val: It’s a tiered system. Yeah. You want the Above. Trust me.
Cassie: That was like riding a roller coaster backwards and blindfolded.
Val: [referring to Howie] He can’t see or hear you. No one can.
Cassie: What? No, that can’t be right.
Val: Well, we can’t risk scaring people on Earth. They’re so fragile.
Cassie: How long have I been gone? Val, how long?
Val: A year.
Cassie: A year? It feels like a day.
Val: Well, time works differently up there.
Cassie: Maybe I should’ve taken a pamphlet.
Cassie: [referring to her list] Lisa? Really, Val? No. Pass. Hard pass.
Val: There is no hard pass. There isn’t even a regular pass.
Val: Why are you so afraid of seeing your best friend again?
Cassie: My former BFF, and I’m not. There’s just too much history between us. Besides, I don’t know if I want to. Some friendships just end, you know? Shouldn’t I have a say in who’s on my list? This is my afterlife we’re talking about.
Val: I believe in you.
Cassie: That makes one of us.
Val: You have the five Earth days leading up to your birthday to complete this list.
Cassie: Wait, five days? Oh. Sure. Why not? Hey, you know what? Why don’t we make it two days? Or better yet, we can just cram it all into one!
Val: Well, just think of it as Cassie-palooza, the afterlife edition.
Cassie: Can I text? Tweet? TikTok?
Val: No. No. And definitely negatory.
Cassie: Do I at least get cool superpowers, like mind control, or something?
Val: It’s guardian angel level only.
Val: This is about you learning to really connect with the people closest to you.
Cassie: Yeah, and what if I can’t?
Val: Well, I’ll be here if you need me. Oh, except between noon and four. I’m kidding. It’s a joke. Look, I’m always going to be here for you.
Val: I know what you’re thinking. And, yes, you do get a wardrobe change. Yeah, yeah. You just close your eyes, and envision what you want to wear. But just so you know, you only get one wardrobe change a day, so make it count.
Cassie: Somebody call Marie Kondo, because joy is not sparking here.
Max: I’m in the process of scoring this game about post-apocalyptic, motorcycle-riding zombie Vikings.
Max: Yeah. It sounds kind of lame now I’m saying it out loud, but it’s actually pretty dope, if post-apocalyptic, motorcycle-riding zombie Vikings are your thing.
Emme: I haven’t seen much of the town yet. I should probably get out more. Baked goods aren’t the best conversationalists.
Lisa: Well, neither are bones.
Cassie: I miss brownies. Why couldn’t I have had death by chocolate?
Cassie: [referring to Lisa] You know, I don’t think this is going to work. She doesn’t seem to miss me. There’s no trace of me anywhere. Oh, and get this. I’ve been replaced by this roommate who is like full-on dark web. Why aren’t you saying anything?
Val: You’re saying enough for the both of us.
Val: Look, I know going back is hard, but you aren’t forgotten.
Cassie: Oh, I don’t know about that.
Val: Well, maybe if we cut out all the “I”s and “me”s and look harder, you’ll find that she actually does need you.
Cassie: [to Lisa] Why are you sleeping? There is a whole world out there, and you are missing it.