Cousin Franz: Although it doesn’t add much to the zombie genre, I want to encourage zombie completists to look up the zom-com “Life After Beth,” directed by Jeff Baena. Aubrey Plaza ( “Parks and Rec”’s April ) has died- and resurrected- and her parents ( John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon ) are acting as though nothing has changed. Her loyal boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) is still trying out dates, even though sunlight is bad for his decomposing sweetheart.
“Life After Beth” has many low-key charms, and one innovative detail: Smooth jazz soothes zombies. Take note, before the up-coming zombie apocalypse! Chuck Mangione and Kenny G. may be your best allies! Like the best of zombie movies, “Life After Beth” works as metaphor: romantic relationships linger long after the expiration date.
Hank: The John C. Reilly character is particularly touching as a protective parent. Tracey, kiddo, if you ever had a hankering for brains, you know you can talk to me about it, and I would totally accept it, and I would only be minimally weirded out?
Tracey: I know, daddy. You would be the first person I would bite if I was a zombie.
Hank: I love you, kiddo!
Beatricia: I like how this movie shows loving parents that refuse to tell their child that she looks frighteningly undead. By the way, Tracey, darling, are you still going to get that tattoo of Elizabeth Warren crunching on a pair of testicles? I’m sure that will have no effect whatsoever in your marital choices.
Tracey: Ha! That’s funny, mother. But my tattoo was going to be about Revolutionary Girl Utena. Look it up. I think the much bigger problem is ex-boyfriends that refuse to realize they have been consigned to the land of the dead! I like this movie for the Anna Kendrick cameo.
Trent: Exes that come back to torment people? They should have called this movie “Dead Alimony Honeys”! Damn right, I AM hilarious! I guess “Life After Beth” is hilarious too.
Grandpa Felicius: There is a late scene in “Life After Beth” that suggests what might happen if wily Woody Allen had been enough of a cool cat to make a zombie comedy : “You want I should get you a better shroud? 40% discount at Morty Schweinberg’s Funeral Home!” Other than that, it passes through you like Matzo at Passover.
Blurbarella: “Life After Beth”– Is Particularly Touching. Shows– Pair of Testicles– That Refuse to–Torment–A Cool Cat.”
Trent: Blurbarella, you’re broken.
5 out of 6 Cherries