Before and After 1996

Before and After

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The lives of Carolyn Ryan (Meryl Streep), a small-town doctor, and her artist husband, Ben (Liam Neeson), are shaken up when their son, Jacob (Edward Furlong), becomes the prime suspect in the death of a local teen girl. While Carolyn is intent on learning the truth about her son's involvement, Ben is willing to protect him at any cost, regardless of his guilt or innocence. When Jacob finally tells his parents what happened, events take a surprising series of turns.

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  • Nov 18, 2010
    Jacob Ryan (Edward Furlong has become adept to playing the disturbed teen-American History X and Terminator 2) plays a moody 16-year-old who is accused of murdering his two-timing girlfriend (Alison Folland) and has to suffers the consequences of his actions. Jacob's concerned parents are played by Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep who are caught between covering for their son and telling the truth. Also starring Alfred Molina as the stereotypical lawyer who is interested more in getting Jacob off the hook, than doing what is morally correct.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    What would you do if your kid was accused of murder? Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep create very believable characters at odds with how to handle this very situation. With such a strong leading cast, and a thought-provoking storyline, it fell a little (just a little) short of my expectations. Neeson and Streep play a very affluent couple in a small town whose lives are completely changed when a young womans body is found, and the police suspect their son of her murder. Neeson is great as a dad whose first instinct is to protect his son, even to the point of getting rid of supposed evidence. Streeps character, who believes totally in her sons innocence, is willing to give the police full access in hopes of finding her son; who has been missing since the event transpired. Together they must face their home town that has not only abandoned them, but also has become hostile towards them. They must search for their son and find the truth. The beauty in this movie is watching a realistic transformation of a family facing, coping, and eventually moving forward after a crisis.
    nefnie l Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2010
    <B>Tagline:</B> A murder. A suspect. A shadow of a doubt. <B>Plot:</B> Before and After stars Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep as Ben and Carolyn Ryan, parents of Jacob played by Edward Furlong. Jacob is a teenager accused of murdering his girlfriend and immediately flees, not knowing it was an accident, his father destroys all evidence to protect his son, no matter what the cost. I really enjoyed this film. Liam Neeson and Meryl Streep played their roles wonderfully, with such emotion. It was intriguing to see how every member of the family were effected in different ways and how they all reacted to this terrible ordeal and I thought the outcome turned out perfect, even though they were all scared from this one accident it brought them all together as a family.
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