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Movie Review – What Happens Later

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What Happens Later

It was charming to see two of my favorite actors from my early adulthood back on the big screen. But, David Duchovny and Meg Ryan are old now so that means I’m… That can’t be right. 🙂

If it wasn’t apparent from the movie preview, this is like a two-person play. The only other person in the movie with a speaking credit is the Airport Voice.

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I’m really happy to see that a movie like this got made and released to theaters. It feels like the sort of movie you could have thrown two relatively unknown actors into and dumped it on a streaming platform for no one to watch. But by casting two well-known stars and releasing it to theaters, it will get the attention it deserves.

As I watched What Happens Later I couldn’t help but think it will primarily appeal to those in their 50’s and 60’s, but I feel that people in their twenties, or younger, can get so much from it. It’s powerful to see people in their 50’s realize that their lives have been profoundly impacted by wrong assumptions they made when they were in their twenties. This is one of those rare movies that provide life lessons far more important than two hours of entertainment.

I wonder if anyone else watching this movie will crave a rewatch of LA Story with Steve Martin and Victoria Tennant, and oh yeah, a very young Sarah Jessica Parker. There were some subtle LA Story vibes throughout the movie. I wonder if it was on purpose.

The acting and pacing in What Happens Later is exceptionally good. It felt real to see how these two characters interacted and how their interactions evolved throughout their time together.

Grade: A-

About The Peetimes: This was a dialog-dense movie. Those are always a challenge to find Peetimes for. I have three pretty good Peetimes for you to work with. I think the 2nd and 3rd are the best.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of What Happens Later.

Rated: (R) Brief Drug Use | Some Sexual References | Language
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Starring: Meg Ryan, David Duchovny
Director: Meg Ryan
Writer(s): Steven Dietz, Kirk Lynn, Meg Ryan
Language: English
Country: United States

Willa and Bill are ex-lovers that will see each other for the first time in years when they both find themselves snowed in, in-transit, at an airport overnight.


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  • Susanne

    I knew it would eventually happen. I am usually on the same page as you on reviews. I was super excited to see the movie — watching grass grow is more exciting than this movie. (And I love Meg Ryan movies.) Gotta disagree with your review. It was painful to sit through. Maybe I saw a different movie with the same actors and name. Lol.

    • Dan Gardner Administrator

      I really enjoyed it and was surprised when I saw how low the RottenTomotoes score was. When we’re doing Peetimes for a movie we have a mantra that we keep in mind: no matter how bad a movie might be, it will be someone’s favorite–do the Peetimes accordingly. This is far from a favorite movie, but a good example of how wildly different people can rate a movie.

      Then there’s the opposite. I remember watching the last Planet of the Apes movie back it 2018 or so. It was soooo bad that I apologized to my wife for bringing her to the movie. When I got home and started writing my review I looked up the RT scores and it was in the 90s for critics and audience. I thought, “This can’t be right. I’m looking at the wrong movie.” I double checked, and then double checked again. How in the world can this movie have a good RT score. It was garbage. 🙂

  • Susanne

    So true. I always tell myself, life would be boring if we all agreed or liked the same things. I just thought it interesting that i agree 99 percent of the time with your reviews. I’ll still take that into consideration when i watch others :). We’ll be back on track eventually.

    • Dan Gardner Administrator

      Well then bad news, you better not like “The Marvels”. 🙂

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