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Livelihood (2005)

An 80's rock star, a corporate lackey, and an evil mother-in-law all die bizarre deaths. But when the dead suddenly start coming back to life, these three zombies find that picking up where they left off isn't as easy as they'd hoped.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Thomas ...
Billy Jump (as Stephen B. Thomas)
Michelle Trout ...
Vida
Scott Graham ...
Alexander Keaton (as Scott P. Graham)
Amy Smith ...
Jean
Mike Bennett ...
Beat Ovin
Lisa Lunt ...
Cheating Zombie
Lewis Smith ...
Roger
Kara Webb ...
Zoey Endicott
Ryan Stachurski ...
Original Drummer
Bradley Burgess-Donaleski ...
Stevie Sierra (as Bradley Burgess)
Kelly Clendenon ...
Zack Low
Nikc Miller ...
Jimmy 'Buckets' McGee
John Bennett ...
Kris Kashgrab
Paul Lindeman ...
Wired Record Exec
Steve Kolbe ...
Cynical Record Exec
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A comedy/drama/horror film. Billy Jump is an 80's rock star. Alexander Keaton is a corporate lackey with a cheating fiancée. Vida is an evil mother in-law who torments Jean, her daughter in-law, incessantly. But Billy Jump is electrocuted by his guitar. Alexander has his head chopped off by a samurai. And Vida is mysteriously poisoned by tapioca pudding. Then the dead randomly start coming back to life. They don't eat brains, but they do want their old lives back. We follow the trials and tribulations of these three as they try to pick up where they left off, to mixed results. Billy Jump is trying to get his band back together for a big comeback, only to find that his old band members aren't quite the same people they used to be. Alexander wants his job back, but has been replaced by a computer, and his fiancée has taken his house and is shacking up with another woman. Exhausted, he is taken in by a goth girl who has a thing for dead guys, and a vendetta against her father, Alex's ... Written by Ryan Graham

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They're dead, but they're not taking it lying down.

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Not nearly as clever or funny as it thinks it is.
3 June 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

I think this sort of "so indie that it hurts" style isn't really for me. It frequently strikes me as pretentious, though in a much different way than art house movies, which I tend to enjoy. Perhaps it's better described as "arrogance", instead, because I often felt as though the people involved in this movie had something Important to impart to me, but it always struck me as being significantly less clever and funny than they thought it was. Admittedly, there were some pretty good parts to this movie, but they quickly wore out their welcome, as they became overplayed and done to death. The zombie infomercial, for example, went on waaaay too long, in my opinion. It felt like a good idea that was stretched to the breaking point, just to fill time. In fact, most of the movie was like this. What could have been a good short film was turned into a much-too-long (and slightly tedious) full-length movie, full of filler and pointless scenes. The constant pop culture references didn't really help, either, though I seem to be in the minority on that count. That's apparently one of the highlights for the other reviewers. So, who knows. Maybe I've stumbled upon a genre that simply doesn't resonate with me, and my opinions should then perhaps be taken a grain of salt, if you're a fan.


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