Afterlife of the Party

Netflix’s Afterlife of the Party is the Victoria Justice vehicle we’ve all been waiting for. She plays a party-hard girl who dies all too young and has a few days to be a ghost and resolve things with her bestie – played by Midori Francis of Dash & Lily fame – and her parents, which will determine if she goes to heaven or hell. No biggie, it’s just everything ever in the whole of existence that’s on the line for her. Here we are, just sitting and waiting for Victoria Justice to die, so I’ll do away with the suspense and let you know that she’s in a hungover stupor and stumbles and hits her head on the toilet and that’s it. It’s probably not quite the glamorous death Cassie envisioned, considering she’s a party girl who works as a party planner. It’s her 25th birthday and there she goes, doing shots with her friends while standing on top, a scene that alienates her roommate and bestie since first grade, Lisa (Francis), who’s more of a reserved, quiet type. The wild party scene precipitates a falling-out between them, and they part on cruddy terms, then Cassie comes home to their apartment that looks like the set of a sitcom and dies. Afterlife of the Party is perfectly fine if you overlook its overly idealistic assertion that the closure is attainable.

– Compilation