Before and After (1996)

before and after
By Scott Goldfine

Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson star as parents faced with the possibility that their 16-year-old son murdered his girlfriend in this misfired drama. The family struggles to avoid being torn apart by a maelstrom of police, lawyers and judgmental townsfolk.

The first half of “Before and After,” prior to the son’s truth being told, is riveting, but the second half lapses into overwrought melodrama.

GRADE: C

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