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Life After Beth (2014)



Critic Consensus: In spite of Aubrey Plaza's committed performance, Life After Beth remains a sketch-worthy idea that's been uncomfortably stretched to feature length.

Movie Info

After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from the dead.more
Rating: R (language, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Baena
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2014
Box Office: $57.3k
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Aubrey Plaza
as Beth Slocum
Dane DeHaan
as Zach Orfman
John C. Reilly
as Maury Slocum
Molly Shannon
as Geenie Slocum
Cheryl Hines
as Judy Orfman
Paul Reiser
as Noah Orfman
Anna Kendrick
as Erica Wexler
Eva LaDare
as Pearline
Allan Mcleod
as Supermarket Stocker
Paul Weitz
as Mr. Levin
Michelle Azar
as Mrs. Levin
Jim O'Heir
as Chip the Mailman
Rob Delaney
as News Anchor
Adam Pally
as Diner Sommelier
Jenna Nye
as Brittany
Bud Sabatino
as Mr. Howard
Peggy Miley
as Mrs. Howard
Bechir Sylvain
as Haitian Man
Bonnie Burroughs
as Woman Zombie
Brian Groh
as Homeless Man
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Critic Reviews for Life After Beth

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (28)

The movie is DOA from scene one and is never resuscitated.

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Top Critic

Life After Beth is an irritatingly undeveloped project. A charming cast and a few moments of inspired lunacy make it passingly worthwhile for genre fans.

Full Review… | November 1, 2014

At least it strays from the well-worn romantic comedy formula, but this sketchy tale of suburban teenage obsession struggles to expand its one-joke premise.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014

Though it stumbles in some cases, "Life After Beth" is a solid zombie romance with some real teeth to it.

Full Review… | October 12, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Getting people in creepy makeup to gurn and shuffle and get shot isn't automatically scary plus hilarious.

Full Review… | October 5, 2014

Plaza steals the show with one foot in the grave, her rotting heroine ricocheting between adolescent snarkiness and cadaverous rage, a lethal combination of which no one around her has the measure.

Full Review… | October 5, 2014
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Life After Beth

Banking off the hot zombie craze that has been floating around nowadays, "Life After Beth" follows Zack after his girlfriend dies in the forest from a snake bite. Learning that she has come back from the dead and is slowly decaying into a zombie, he must learn to somehow tell her and help her deal with it. The dark-comedy undertone made this film much more watchable than it would have been, had it been taken 100% serious. Dane Dehaan and Aubrey Plaza are solid in these roles, although for some reason it seems they overact a tad too much. In the end, "Life After Beth" has an atmosphere that is believable enough, and a cast that is quirkily endearing. I loved watching this film for what it was, however, it does get tired by the end, and that is not a good thing considering it's short run time. It begins to fall into the predictable category by the last act, even though it held up the sheer fun element. Overall, a predictable film that is fun to watch!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


There was a pretty decent premise hidden in this indie comedy, but it gets bogged down in a worldwide zombie epidemic and really weird choices in score and directing, veering it towards drama. Instead of starting at their relationship, the film begins with Beth's (Plaza) funeral, so we never get to know her as a mortal. When she comes back to life her boyfriend (DeHaan) has to grapple with his own inadequacies and fears regarding not telling her the truth while she's alive to hear it. The trailer presents this as a wacky, screwball comedy, but it tries to be much more nuanced and dark than it ought to be. I would have liked to see some truly zany comedy. Instead the film tries to be weird by including traits for the zombies that make no sense: they like attics, they like smooth jazz, and they're always digging. The weirdness is treated like new attributes in the zombie canon instead of the wacky choices that they are. It's kind of irritating to see strange things treated with seriousness, especially in a film that is trying to be a comedy. If it wasn't so serious, this would have been a better formulated film.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

four stars...

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