A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting bruiser in search or the last Twinkie and a pair of sisters striving to get to an amusement park join forces in a trek across a zombie-filled America.

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Ruben Fleischer
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Complete credited cast:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Columbus
Woody Harrelson ... Tallahassee
Emma Stone ... Wichita
Abigail Breslin ... Little Rock
Amber Heard ... 406
Bill Murray ... Bill Murray
Derek Graf ... Clown Zombie
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Storyline

Searching for family. In the early twenty-first century, zombies have taken over America. A shy and inexperienced college student in Texas has survived by following his 30 rules: such as "look in the back seat," "double-tap," "avoid public restrooms." He decides to travel to Ohio to see if his parents are alive. He gets a ride with a boisterous zombie-hating good-old boy headed for Florida, and soon they confront a young woman whose sister has been bitten by a zombie and wants to be put out of her misery. The sisters were headed to an LA amusement park they've heard is zombie free. Can the kid from Ohio get to his family? And what about rule thirty one? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Survival rule #1: Cardio. See more »


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Rated R for horror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The deleted scenes section of the DVD reveal that the close-ups of the scene with the girls riding the drop tower were filmed against a greenscreen. These deleted scenes also indicate the master was shot in 1.78:1 format and then cropped to 2.35:1, as boom mics are clearly visible. See more »

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In the first scene with Columbus when he fiddles with the keys trying to get his car door unlocked while being chased by zombies, when he decides to take them for another lap he drops the keys on the ground however when he is running away we can see that there are no keys on the ground. See more »

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[first lines]
Columbus: Oh, America. I wish I could tell you that this was still America, but I've come to realize that you can't have a country without people. And there are no people here. No, my friends. This is now the United States of Zombieland.
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles are knocked aside in slow motion by various elements in the scenes like the characters, gunfire, automobiles. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD and Blu-ray releases feature 7 deleted scenes:
  • Ziploc Bags - Columbus narrates over a zombie attack scene that relates to his second rule about using Ziploc bags.
  • This Did Not Just Happen - Columbus delivers a short monologue about an anxiety attack after being attacked by a zombie.
  • Mom and Dad Would Have To Wait - Columbus narrates a scene where he explains about zombie attacks while cleaning up his room where he was attacked by one.
  • The Joke's On Them - After their car is driven away by Wichita and Little Rock, Tallahassee reveals to Columbus that he stole some ammunition without them noticing.
  • The Slow and The Weak - Wichita and Little Rock have a conversation while driving on a zombie-infested road.
  • Girls Play At Park - An additional scene where Wichita and Little Rock play at Pacific Playland before the zombies arrive.
  • You Always Think Of Something - A scene which switches back and forth between Wichita & Little Rock, who are stuck on the fairground, and Columbus and Tallahassee, who are driving to Pacific Playland.
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Everybody Wants Some
Written by Edward Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony and David Lee Roth
Performed by Van Halen
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Visually stylish & polished - Easily the most laughs I've had at the movies in a long time.
6 October 2009 | by CinemadharmaSee all my reviews

The name Zombieland conjures up a vision of a zombie-themed amusement park -- and that's exactly what this film is. Visually stylish and the most laughs I've had at the movies in a long time. A really solid script and nice underlying story really helps make this so much more than just a bunch of awesome zombie kills. That being said, this film feels as if you're playing a really badass zombie killing video game.

Thanks to 'Natural Born Killers', Woody Harrelson has just the right cult status and persona for this type of film, which is intended to pay homage to the great zombie 'B' movies of yesteryear, but really is a great zombie 'A' movie with today's style & sensibility. Jesse Eisenberg (who has a certain Michael Cera shyness/eccentricity to his delivery, but doesn't seem nearly as pathetic as Cera's characters often come off) carries the film well. And of course, everyone is talking about the film's 'secret' cameo, and rightly so. It is absolutely the best and most fun part of an already awesomely fun film -- and it kept me laughing almost non-stop throughout that 10-15 minute section of the movie.

This is a zombie-comedy that deserves to take it's place amongst the best of the genre, 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Army of Darkness'. In fact, what I wouldn't give to see a triple feature of these films at a drive-in theater on Halloween... the perfect place and time for a zombie feeding.


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USA

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Release Date:

2 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,733,155, 4 October 2009

Gross USA:

$75,590,286

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,392,080
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2.39 : 1
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