WHAT HAPPENS LATER – Review by Susan Granger

After an eight-year hiatus, actress Meg Ryan returns to the big screen, co-writing, directing, producing and starring in the disappointing romantic comedy What Happens Later.
Based on Stephen Dietz’s 2008 play Shooting Star, the story revolves around former lovers who are stranded together at a small regional airport during a snowstorm. Toting a rain-stick and dressed in bohemian garb, Willa (Ryan) is a free spirit, “a wellness practitioner in the healing arts,” while Bill (David Duchovny) is a buttoned-up businessman, suffering from “anticipatory anxiety.” They hooked up 25 years ago when they were students at the University of Wisconsin.

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WHAT HAPPENS LATER – Review by Lois Alter Mark

‘Tis the season for cuddling up in front of a great rom-com. Although What Happens Later can’t accurately be called great, it will have to do. Because what the movie makes abundantly clear is that what the world could really use right now is a Meg Ryan rom-com. In What Happens Later, Ryan is as cute as ever – simply an older version of the characters we loved in classic rom-coms like You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally. Yes, she’s a little angrier and more bitter but, really, aren’t we all?

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