Life After Beth

5.71 h 28 min2014X-RayR
Zach (Dane DeHaan) is devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza), until she miraculously comes back to life. However, the newly returned Beth isn't quite how he remembered and before long, Zach's whole world takes a turn for the worse.
Jeff Baena
Aubrey PlazaDane DeHaanMolly Shannon
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John C. ReillyCheryl HinesPaul ReiserMatthew Gray GublerAnna Kendrick
Michael ZakinLiz Destro
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R. Sanders FabaresReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
It was ok
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Admit it. You just want to see Aubrey Plaza act like a crazy zombie...

And she does. And it's pretty awesome. But the rest of the movie is rather meh. Some great actors but not much content in the script to work with. Warm Bodies was better. It's just so basic. My girlfriend came back from the dead. That was weird... then things get weirder... basic. but there's some fun parts, too.
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stReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
You may enjoy it if you like subtle yet campy comedy with a spritz of horror.
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If you enjoy CAMPY comedy-horror, you should give this a try. It has similarities to Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead (though not as good as Shaun of the Dead, as it didn't have that dry british wit)
John C. Reilly, imo, is one of Hollywoods most underrated actors. His delivery is impeccable. He needs to be in more movies.
I like the way they turned an unoriginal zombie movie into a rom/com of unresolved teen/early 20's romance, and how he gets a second chance to tell her how he really feels about her. It also gives you some insight as to what the resurrected person goes through before going full zombie and the parents accepting and thinking it's a miracle she's back. The zombies start off as happy go lucky versions of their previous selves but kind of off kilter and not all there, clueless of their death before they lose their minds and start going into zombie mode. Although Beth is the only one we see violence from. The rest is just hinted. Another thing that makes it campy is that all the other characters don't panic and get really paranoid when they see the zombies. They're more in a confused sense of denial.
There were a lot of holes in the script Though. The biggest one was that there was absolutely no explanation as to WHY the dead began to come back, not even a simple one like a chemical spill. I would have given it an additional star if this part was resolved.
There is some great comedy in this movie. Now if only the writers and director hadn't kind of seemed to lose focus somewhere in the middle of the movie, it would have been one of those that could have turned into a cult comedy horror classic like Sam Raimi's Evil Dead (though that was much more of a horror movie.)
Life After Beth had it's really funny moments. I will just hint at them so there are no real spoilers:
the zombies liking jazz,
they like attics (not explained why) but it's funny, - nor is it explained why she puts mud on the walls
The Haitian guy pronouncing penis pen-ees,
When Zach asks Beth if he wants to eat her and she looks at him with coy shock and says, not with her parents around.
The dead mailman just saying hi and giving Zach a bunch of mail that's not theirs and drives erratically away.
Zach telling Erica he can breath through his nose around her.
"What happened to all the formica? I paid $28,000 for this house- this from the resurrected former owners of Zachs house.
The scene where Beths mom feeds her with her own fingers was hilarious. The whole chained to the stove scene that follows and the hiking was fantastic (especially with the boom box around her neck and Beth growls to Zach to smell the lavender)!!!
There's also a lot of subtle humor that may go unnoticed if you don't get into the movie.This is one of those movies that is way funnier if you watch it with a group of people.It is more a rom/com and less a horror flick (I don't like zombie movies in general unless they are spoofy like this) Also, as I said its campy so you shouldn't try to have any of it "make sense" as if you are watching a serious movie. All in all I enjoyed it despite it's flaws. It's fun, quirky with surprising amount of heart and plenty of good actors.
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Nicholas HicksReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Go in with a open mind! Its a comendy, love drama, slight action zombie flick!
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I wasn't / didn't know what to expect from this but overall I like the film. I like the writers take on the whole Zombie theme.

The good parts I like was the story was simple. Most of the characters or at least the main ones we actually cared about them. It wasn't really all gory like a few other zombie flicks are. If you can get past some of the language and adult content this can be a film the whole family can enjoy (ages 12 and up).

The bad..... Well besides maybe a few annoying parents in the film I actually quite enjoyed the film. I haven't read any other reviews on this film so I'm just stating what's on my mind.

If you are in the mood for a love story, zombies, comedy, and a little violence then you can't go wrong. I kind of want more from this but I believe they covered all the ends and I can't see how they can make a part 2 etc....


What happened to the Haitian lady????
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Nicholas DonovanReviewed in the United States on January 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lot more to it than meets the eye.
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I am a die hard Aubrey Plaza fan, I love her style of comedy and everything.
Watching this movie and her performance I found amusing, and great.

With that said, this movie touches down really well on grieving and depression, and showing how you should move on.
Without any spoilers, just watch how the movie progresses as the relationship between Zach and Beth progress. It all ties into each other really well.
This is not one of those flashy movies, with cinema galore, but it's own uniqueness. Don't expect a lot of Zombie action either, this ends up being more so a story of a tragedy with a message in between.
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Reasonably Amusing
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This genre now has its own shorthand: zom-com. Yes, zombie-comedy films. So, this falls somewhere in the lot including Shaun of the Dead, Return of the Living Dead, and Warm Bodies (all of which I liked). Of course, this has its own unique take: that Beth is the first person in town to reappear in zombie form (because she was the most recently deceased). She has no memory of actually dying, and starts out seeming her normal teenage self (although she does gradually change, for the worse).

And the whole thing is told from the viewpoint of her BOYFRIEND, this being his first-ever “true love”, so he’s devastated by her death, and then he’s delighted, mystified, and gradually, well he hates to admit it but basically, finally….horrified by her return. And that paranoid, right-wing, arms-collecting, nut job of a security guard he has for an older brother—your WORST NIGHTMARE of an older brother, whose dream is someday to actually BE a COP instead of just a minimum wage security guard….turns out to have the right idea all along because, well you know….something like this HAD to happen….if it wasn’t zombie apocalypse it would have been the Commies invading, or Islamic terrorists, or aliens, or those black UN helicopters…sometimes a guy’s just gotta have a gun. Or lots of them, plus ammo…

And if you want to see some more Millenial-age actors, this “high school” pair is another up and coming lot. The parents are even funnier than the kids too, particularly Beth’s neurotic and Jewish parents. All in all, I think this rates a B. And it probably didn’t even rate an R.
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cyclone259Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
I'm all about zombie movies (I own a lot of them) and enjoy when they're taken in new directions or when they ...
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Odd, quirky movie that really doesn't go anywhere. I convinced my wife it was more romcon than it turned out to be so she'd watch it, but it started off slowly, never fully developed the characters and then plummeted into much more violence than anticipated.

I'm all about zombie movies (I own a lot of them) and enjoy when they're taken in new directions or when they successfully combine different genres, but this just didn't work for me. I fully expected a dark comedy, but when it's touted as a zombie romcon and nothing is ever too 'fleshed out' in either direction, it starts to become a hodge podge.

I really wanted to like this one and after my wife stopped watching it, I decided to finish it a few days later. Still nothing. Oh well... it will take up room with my other zombie movies on the shelf...
NinjaReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Learning to let go
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This is not so much a zombie/ comedy. It is instead a message, perhaps a healing one, on how to let go of a loved one who has passed. The story is mainly focused around the grief stages of the main male character. The world does not right itself until he makes peace with the facts of death. Laughter can be a great healer. There is a great deal of morbid comedy liberally sprinkled throughout the story which had me sometimes laughing out loud. "Hikers will understand."

At times I felt bored and almost stopped watching the movie, but on deeper reflection I realized it was not boredom which I was feeling. Rather, This movie has a strong undertone of depression and morbidity, neither of which is my cup of tea, thus I had trouble identifying with the story beyond an intellectual level.

All in all I'm glad I watched this movie. I couldn't care less about actors, famous or otherwise, but I always love a good story, well told. Life After Beth is one of those stories.
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Caveat EmptorReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I like all the actors in the movie. I liked the concept. I didn't think the execution was anything to write home about. It had the feel of a found footage flick minus the gimmick of found footage, of which I'm not a big fan. The FF genre typically involves a kernel of a plot that's never really fleshed out. They rely on the actors' performance and ability to emote to create interest and often seem like much of it is improv. FF is basically a really cheap way to make a movie with a minimal budget. This movie appeared to suffer from all the worst aspects of FF. It seems like the director and/or writer hadn't quite made up their mind about what kind of movie they wanted this to be. It wasn't really a comedy. It wasn't really scary. It wasn't an action flick. It wasn't a drama. It tried to be all of those while never really being any of them. All in all it was a waste of a great cast, but more than worth the price to see it as a member of Amazon Prime (which was $0.00 when I saw it).
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