After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but she can't remember much of what got her there....
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After a girls' night out, endearingly awkward Deb wakes up in the apartment of the most attractive guy in Portland, Maine. She's thrilled, but she can't remember much of what got her there. Pretty boy Ryan only knows it was a mistake and ushers her out the door... into a full-scale zombie apocalypse. Now, a walk of shame becomes a fight for survival as the mismatched pair discovers that the only thing scarier than trusting someone with your life... is trusting them with your heart. Written by
On the beginning, they seemed anomalies which were difficult to classify into horror cinema, but eventually, the "zombie romantic comedies" (also known as "zom-rom-coms") earned a niche into fantastic cinema. Night of the Living Deb is an addition to that category with an excellent sense of humor and an affable narrative which places more emphasis on the romance than the zombie crisis... something I ended up liking much more than I expected. Like any romantic comedy, Night of the Living Deb includes numerous clichés, but screenwriter Andy Selsor knew how to bring them a twist, making them less predictable; for example, the obligatory romantic triangle between Deb, Ryan Waverly and his fiancé Stacy is tangentially related to the origin of the zombie infestation, creating an interesting dynamic in which Ryan's powerful family is also involved, because they don't want to see the oldest son (and possible heir of the family empire) in a relationship with a humble middle-class camerawoman. As I previously said: clichés, but very well implemented as catalysts of the narrative. Oh, and besides, the great Ray Wise as the father of the groom. What can go wrong? Another pro is the sense of humor from the main character, perfectly played by Maria Thayer as the classic "adorable harebrained" we genuinely want to see triumphing against adversity. I liked seeing Thayer finally playing a leading role after uncountable works as "guest star" in many sitcoms and TV series (including some of my favorite ones: 30 Rock, The Mindy Project and New Girl). Her exuberant performance complements Deb's personality without ever making her irritating or affected. And even though Thayer is an attractive redhead, she doesn't reach the unreal standard of Hollywood beauty who automatically nullifies the "normal girl with a bad luck for love" premise. I'm sorry if that sounds sexist, but I'm tired of all those roles with gorgeous actresses who try to look "ugly" in order to convince us of their incapability of attracting men; if only they take their glasses off... I think I have already spoken enough about the romance. What about the zombies? Frankly, Night of the Living Deb doesn't take the living dead threat very seriously; yes, we see some blood, there are a few "head shots" and some unfortunate bites on characters we hadn't expected to see infected; but in general, the zombies are a source of humor instead of horror. Fortunately, Selsor didn't rely on tedious artificial conflicts to complicate the relationship between Deb and Ryan, so the zombies are also employed as an obstacle the couple must overcome to be happy. There are no misunderstandings, or surprising revelations, or courtships which start being a bet until becoming real, or similar foolishness. We just have a likable couple mutually attracted to each other, caught in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. In my opinion, that worked brilliantly, because I found Night of the Living Deb an excellent zom-rom-com which didn't need any big tricks to keep me very amused. The likable interaction between Deb and Ryan is the main course; the zombies are just a seasoning of the romance.
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