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[A] movie that curiously attempts to humanize an aloof industry by associating it with a 17th-century fairy tale.
Portia Doubleday stars in a frothy teen comedy as unobjectionable as it is unmemorable.
If Shakespeare had a go at "Cinderella," and the result was later adapted for a 21st-century romantic comedy, it might look something like "After the Ball."
Certainly, the production values echo those of high-end made-for-TV fare, but the cast and amusing script more than make up for what the movie lacks in gloss.
It's pretty much a one-joke effort that wants to be The Devil Wears Prada but plays more like a middling episode of a TV sitcom.
Ultimately, if you want to choke on a narrative that is rife with clichés and devoid of any real moral message then stick After The Ball on, if not, there are surely more productive things you can do... Such as watching paint dry.
Cinderella offshoot has dull characters, predictable plot.
Retaining a handful of laughs and guiding a winning lead performance from Portia Doubleday, director Sean Garrity keeps "After the Ball" on target, preserving mischief and romance, providing a charming viewing experience.
After the Ball is one-third Cinderella, one-third The Devil Wears Prada, and one third Twelfth Night. If you're going to attempt to duplicate the success of such works, you've got to be a little sharper than it ends up being.
Cinderella adrift in the fashion world is the premise for this harmless piece of fluff.
For a film ostensibly attuned to the world of fashion, the film's portrayal of queer men is decidedly retro.
Slow-footed "Cinderella" riff, with or without the glass slipper
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