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The very popular and steamy film, After, came out in 2019 and created quite a stir for many reasons. For one, it’s an adaptation from a book that was once Harry Styles fanfiction on Wattpad. And for another, the two main characters — Tessa (Josephine Langford) and Hardin (Hero Fiennes Tiffin) — are so passionate, yet toxic at times. And After We Collided looks like it’s going to get darker, still. 

But for fans of the After series, it’s a great day because the movie is finally available in the United States. With a previous European release, American fans have been excited to finally see the sequel. So, where can you watch it? 

Sequel film ‘After We Collided’ is now available in the US

Hardin and Tessa in 'After We Collided'
Hardin and Tessa in ‘After We Collided’ | Voltage Pictures

After We Collided came out in Europe in early September, already amassing $21 million as of Sept. 13, according to Deadline. Now, the movie is available in America. 

The story of Tessa and Hardin is similar to that of Anastasia Steele and Christian Gray in that Tessa is this innocent college freshman who meets a much more experienced Hardin. He’s a “bad boy” with tattoos, a British accent, and an undeniable connection with Tessa. 

The second movie shows how they deal with even more drama in their relationship, bringing in the added tension of Tessa’s co-worker Trevor Matthews (Dylan Sprouse). While there’s been a lot of criticism, author Anna Todd told Refinery29 in 2019 that they’re not supposed to be an example. 

“People can think that Hardin’s a bad example – but he’s not supposed to be a good example for a boyfriend,” she said. “Anna and Hardin talk about how their relationship is bad. It’s very clear that they’re both unhappy most of the time.”

Where can you watch it?

While some films that have come out during the pandemic have been strictly theater releases, like Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, others have done a mixture. 

Luckily for fans, After We Collided will be in American theaters but also available to rent on streaming sites. Whether you enjoy renting movies on Amazon Prime or Apple TV, it’s available on both as of Oct. 23. On both sites, viewers can rent it for $6.99 or purchase it for $14.99. And for states or cities where theaters are open, it looks like there are showtimes as well. 


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Again, the first film and books received a lot of pushback from many sides. There might be valid criticism, like the toxicity of the relationship between Tessa and Hardin or the fact that it’s based on fanfiction. But also, it’s a franchise teen girls like, which automatically means it’s something to make fun of in the eyes of the public. 

“I think that society has a big issue with teenage girls and shame,” Langford told TeenVogue in a new feature. “Their magazines and their music and their interests and their views, I think we love to shame them. And shame is the key word because it’s not just, ‘I don’t like this thing you’re interested in.’ It’s, ‘I don’t like this thing you’re interested in and you’re stupid for liking it.’”

She went on to talk about how she loved meeting fans and seeing how happy the series made them. And while some of them are drawn to maybe the more sensual part of the movies, it’s Tessa’s evolution that Langford enjoys developing. 

“She’s confident, except she’s insecure in different ways,” Langford said earlier in the interview. “She’s on her own journey of self-development. It’s not talked about as much as Hardin’s journey because it’s perhaps less obvious.”