A hike alone in the woods ends tragically for Beth Slocum with a fatal snake bite. Her death leaves her parents and boyfriend Zach reeling. After the funeral, Zach tries to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Slocum, but even they reject him, and he's determined to figure out why. Then he sees Beth. Her parents are trying to keep her resurrection a secret, but zombie Beth provides Zach with the opportunity to do everything with her that he didn't get to do while she was still alive. But with Beth's increasingly erratic behavior and even more strange occurrences around town, life with the undead Beth proves to be particularly complicated for her still-living loved ones. Written by
The photograph of Beth (Aubrey Plaza) that Zach (Dane DeHaan) grabs near the end of the film was clearly taken from the final scene of the Parks and Recreation season 4 episode 6 "End of the World", which Aubrey Plaza also stars in. See more »
(at around 5 mins) When Zach and Maury are playing a game of chess, the black square is in the bottom right corner when it should be the white square. See more »
Life After Beth is a completely failed attempt at a new, growing subgenre in the zombie world. I didn't think Warm Bodies was all that great, but this makes that look like the best movie of the year! It seems like the writers had a decent idea about having a kid's girlfriend killed and brought back to life as a zombie, but that's as far as they got and didn't know how to fill the scenes. The relationship is the focal point of the movie but there's no depth there to be found, as I said above, it feels thin. Life After Beth is also billed as a comedy, but there certainly not enough humor in the movie to call it that, this is more of a slow, drama with no substance. The whole time watching the movie, I felt there was something missing, some type of surprise or something to would put the movie in a higher gear, but that never happened. Beth stays in neutral and the characters (who are just as bland as the storytelling) just go from scene to scene offering nothing exciting for us to bite into. There are no high points in the movie, everything just rings average at best and as a whole the movie is completely forgettable. As I said above, if you are interested in a 'zom-rom-com', check out Warm Bodies over this.
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