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RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 4.7/5 stars. IMDB: 8.6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8.4/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: Netflix: 3.0/5 stars, IMDB: 5.7/10.

This is probably one of the least-zombie zombie movies out there. I don’t think you see a single zombie-on-human death in the entire movie–and that’s pretty unique.

This is very different, and is more about the relationship between the main couple. But not in an emo romance kind of way. More in a slightly unsettling way. This is basically Deadgirl for people who have non-dysfunctional families.

This is billed as a comedy, and there is a comedic angle, but it’s NOT NOT NOT NOT a straight-up zom-com like Zombieland or Night Of The Living Dorks. The fact that they are marketing it this way tricks people into watching it with bad expectations, and thus being disappointed and raiting it really low.

This is a zombie movie with comedy, but it’s not a zom-com, or a horror. It’s more of a dramatic suspenseful romance. Aubrey Plaza called it a “ZomCom-RomDram”. I’d say it’s more a “ZomRomDramCom”, if I had to make such stupid noises with my mouth.

Regardless… Something about throwing zombies into that makes it awesome.

I thik it’s the zombies.

Goddamn I love zombies. But zombie slash-horror is so passe. Do something new with it. If you loved Warm Bodies, you’ll probably love this — though it’s small-scale and not epic like Warm Bodies was.

How to disappoint yourself: Expecting it to stick to any one genre. Looking at the cast and doing math for how funny this is. The math does NOT add up. The casting decisions did NOT result in extra comedy. The humor level would be the same if they didn’t use traditionally-comic actors: Low. I think the casting was done to SELL it as a comedy, or maybe better actors reject zombie fare?

For example, John C. Reilly can be one of the funniest men alive when he wants to be. In person, he steals the fucking room. But in this movie? NOT FUNNY. And that’s not a failing. He wasn’t really MEANT to be. He was a bit of a “funny” man, but not a character that makes you laugh.

The movie basically uses a zombie outbreak as a Macguffin for helping the main character move on from a failed relationship.

But it’s interesting as hell.

PEOPLE:

If you must have someone who is playing a living dead girl — Aubrey Plaza is perfect!! That stroke-induced partial face paralysis(?) has done wonders for her deadpan delivery.
(Oh when will you do a live-action Daria movie, Aubrey?!)

Written and directed by Jeff Baena (writer of I Heart Huckabees).

Starring:
Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, The To Do List, Mystery Team, Funny People, 12 eps of The Legend Of Korra, 3 eps of Portlandia, 1 ep of NTSF:SD:SUV, 1 ep of Drunk History, and she’s going to be the voice of Grumpy Cat in the Grumpy Cat movie) as Beth Slocum.
Dane DeHaan (Harry Osbourne in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Zach Orfman.
John C. Reilly (Steve Brule in Tim & Eric Awesome Show! Great Job! and Check It Out With Steve Brule, Anchorman 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Wreck-It Ralph, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, Magnolia, 1 ep of Tom Goes To The Mayor, 1 ep of Drunk History) as Maury Slocum, Beth’s dad.
Molly Shannon (Scary Movie 4-5, Bad Teacher, The Five-Year Engagement, Neighbors From Hell, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, American Splendor, Saturday Night Live, 5 eps of In Living Color, 1 ep of Twin Peaks, 1 ep of Bob’s Burgers, 1 ep of Seinfeld, 1 ep of The Single Guy) as Geenie Slocum, Beth’s mom.
Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Father Of The Pride, Along Came Polly, 1 ep of Friends) as Judy Orfman, Zach’s mom. I forgot about that bad movie Serious Moonlight that she directed.
Paul Reiser (Mad About You, Funny People, My Two Dads, 2 eps of TripTank, 1 ep of Curb Your Enthusiasm) as Noah Orfman, Zach’s dad.
Matthew Gray Gubler (How To Be A Serial Killer, Criminal Minds, Simon in the Alvin & The Chipmunks movies) as Kyle Orfman, Zach’s brother.
Anna Kendrick (Jessica Stanley in the Twilight movies, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Drinking Buddies, Rapture-Palooza, Pitch Perfect) as Erica Wexler, the childhood friend.
Alia Shawkat (Maebe from Arrested Development) is apparently a burned up corpse in a pile somewhere in this movie.

 

Mood: heh
Music: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Pinkie Pie – Pinkie’s Brew (Russian Gypsy Jazz Version) (english cover by MicTheMicrophoneZero@YouTube)