The Afterparty – The DVDfever Review – Apple TV+ – Tiffany Haddish

The Afterparty The Afterparty centres around a murder mystery at a high school reunion.

The Class of 2006 are having a 15-year reunion. I don’t know if my school ever had these, but I certainly never went to one.

At the start of the first episode, we see that the dead person is the rich and famous Xavier (Dave Franco), and that this is how the evening ended up. Tiffany Haddish takes her usual role of Mrs Shouty, this time as Detective Danner, who wants to be lead on the case, despite her Captain telling her over the phone that someone else should be taking over. And when joined by Detective Culp (John Early), they’re both clearly crap cops, who are like a parody of themselves.

Of the cast, we’re first introduced to Escape Rooms designer Aniq (Sam Richardson) , who’s still in love with former fellow student Zoe (Zoe Chao) after all this time. Will they get it together? Will you care?

Once Xavier’s death is established, events go back to the start of the night when flashback scenes, show Dave Franco – as Xavier – still getting some normal screentime.

The first episodes is effectively double-length at almost 50 minutes, with the rest being just over 30 minutes apiece, and each one centres around a particular character on the night, building up the story as it goes, starting with Aniq, then moving onto Brett,

However, while the majority of the opener acts like a comedy, or a drama that doesn’t take itself seriously, it mostly plays out like one of the laziest entries from any comedy movie with Seth Rogan, Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and that sort of crowd. Watching the second episode, things didn’t improve.

The Afterparty is on Apple TV+ from today, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD. Initially, three episodes are available, and additional episodes will stream weekly.

Check out the trailer below:

The Afterparty – Official Trailer – Apple TV+

Episode 1-2 Score: Meh…

Detailed specs:

Running time: 30-50 per episode
Release date: January 28th 2022 (first 3 episodes)
Studio: Apple TV+
Format: 2.20:1

Director: Christopher Miller
Producers: Aubrey Davis Lee, Michael Cedar
Writers: Christopher Miller, Anthony King, Kassia Miller, Nicole Delaney, Jack Dolgen, Phil Lord, Rachel H Smith, Bridger Winegar
Music: Daniel Pemberton

Detective Danner: Tiffany Haddish
Aniq: Sam Richardson
Zoe: Zoe Chao
Ned: Kelvin Yu
Indigo: Genevieve Angelson
Xavier: Dave Franco
Walt: Jamie Demetriou
Jennifer #1: Tiya Sircar
Jennifer #2: Ayden Mayeri
Maggie: Everly Carganilla
Chelsea: Ilana Glazer
Detective Culp: John Early
DJ: Kenny Cooper
Yasper: Ben Schwartz
Brett: Ike Barinholtz
Mr. Shapiro: Christopher May
Tatiana: Kelen Coleman
Baz: Momo Bedier
Officer Hobaica: David Banks
Bishop Marshall: Jamison Jones
Randall: Abhi Trivedi
Sam: Austin Boyce
Chief: Anthony M Bertram
Sergeant Dale: Eddie Alfano
CSI Tricia: Susan Song
Dancers: Nick Drago, Charles Fournier
Classmates: Ashley Dulaney, Danielle Juliet Ma