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Life After Beth (2014)

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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.

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After his girlfriend unexpectedly dies, Zach is devastated. However, he gets a second chance at love after she rises from the dead.
Rating:
R (language, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

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
Garry Marshall
as Grandpa
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
Eileen Finizza
as Mourner
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Critic Reviews for Life After Beth

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (28)

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

Full Review… | September 8, 2014
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Life After Beth starts feeling more conventional the wilder and darker it gets.

Full Review… | September 5, 2014
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Once it's safely slotted in the overworked zom-com genre, there's no reason to keep watching.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Baena co-wrote "I Heart Huckabees" and while he has a sense of humor, the jokes here tend to be meager and tend to dribble on.

Full Review… | September 4, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

While Baena tries to offer a reworking of zombie mythology - easy-listening music makes them horny and they have a fascination with attics and smearing dirt on walls - the movie doesn't live up to the promise of its dark start.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Among many missteps is a total tonal identity crisis. Plaza has described Beth as a "zom-com-rom-dram." (N.B. This remark is more clever than anything in the movie it describes.)

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Life After Beth

This is one I had wanted to see for a while, but I didn't actually like it that much. I don't know why, but Aubrey Plaza is always annoying, even though I generally like sarcastic/deadpan type characters. The movie drags and just doesn't live up to its potential.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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

½

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.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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