Life After Beth I'd call writer-director Jeff Baena's new zombie rom-com, Life After Beth , the best entry in the genre since 2004's Shaun of the Dead ,… Life After Beth I'd call writer-director Jeff Baena's new zombie rom-com, Life After Beth , the best entry in the genre since 2004's Shaun of the Dead ,… 2014-08-15 R PT91M Comedy Dane DeHaan Aubrey Plaza John C. Reilly Molly Shannon A24 Films
Movie Review

Life After Beth (2014)

MPAA Rating: R
LIFE AFTER BETH Aubrey Plaza
Image credit: Greg Smith
LIFE AFTER BETH Aubrey Plaza
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Aug 15, 2014; Rated: R; Length: 91 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon; Distributor: A24 Films

I'd call writer-director Jeff Baena's new zombie rom-com, Life After Beth, the best entry in the genre since 2004's Shaun of the Dead, but the truth is there hasn't been much competition. Aubrey Plaza, the deliriously deadpan comedian from Parks and Recreation and last year's The To Do List, plays Beth Slocum, a high schooler who dies of a snakebite only to mysteriously rise from the grave as if nothing had happened. Her parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) and her mourning boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) are confused, but refuse to look a gift horse in the mouth — even if there's something a bit off about their teenage Lazarus, namely her pinballing mood swings, new sweet tooth for smooth jazz, and decomposing flesh. The premise would make for a great Funny or Die video, but stretched out to feature length, it runs out of ideas pretty quickly. Still, Plaza is terrific. She commits so fully to her rabid, Romero-esque alter ego, she chews the movie up. B

Originally posted Aug 13, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Oct 19 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1.
Fury
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$23.5 1 $23.5 C+
2.
Gone Girl
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$17.8 3 $107.1 A
3. $17.0 1 $17.0 A-
4. $12.0 2 $36.9 B
5.
The Best of Me
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$10.2 1 $10.2 D
6.
Dracula Untold
Universal
$9.9 2 $40.7 C
7.
The Judge
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$7.9 2 $26.8 B
8.
Annabelle
Warner Bros.
$7.9 3 $74.1 F
9. $5.4 4 $89.2 D
10. $4.5 5 $90.8 B-
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