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Life After Beth: His girlfriend’s back

I’ve never been a big zombie fan. I like vampires more. I’d rather have my undead crave blood than brains. I’m not sure what that says about me but we can psychoanalyze later.

Even though I don’t get the whole zombie craze, that doesn’t stop me from seeing the movies. The latest zom-rom-com out is “Life After Beth” and it was entertaining.

Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grief-stricken when his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) tragically dies while hiking. He’d do anything to have her back, or so he thought.

One night she digs herself out and makes her was home to her loving parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) that are thrilled to see her. Beth has no memory of the hike, or her death, and can’t understand why all her things are in boxes.

As Beth slowly goes through the zombification process and loses more and more of her humanity more of the undead are popping up and begin attacking Zach’s small suburban community. It makes Zach really question their relationship and makes him wonder ‘How do you break up with a zombie?’

life after beth aubrey plaza dane dahaan zombieIf you take a typical 20-something rom-com and mix it with a little “Shaun of the Dead” you’d have “Life After Beth.” It’s familiar, but fresh, and has lots of funny moments before arriving at its inevitable yet heartbreaking conclusion.

DeHaan, who I’ve only seen previously as Green Goblin in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” was surprisingly charming but the real star is Plaza. She’s fantastic as a dead girl that doesn’t know she’s dead.

I always love Reilly and was shocked that when Shannon turns down her “SNL” personas she’s actually tolerable. Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser are also likable as Zach’s parents who think their son is going insane until their own deceased love ones start showing up at the door. Matthew Gray Gubler, as Zach’s older brother Kyle, also had some hilarious moments.

I had a little bit of problem with the pacing in the beginning. It seemed slow and felt like it took a little too long for Beth’s resurrection. But once it got going it was a fun, if predictable, ride. Not as good as “Shaun” but it has a lot more life in it than “Warm Bodies.”

I was also sad there wasn’t more Anna Kendrick because I loves her and think there should be more of her in every movie.

“Life After Beth” has its quirks but is a solid movie and I recommend it, whether zombies is your kinda thing or not.



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