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Life After Beth (2014)

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A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

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Jeff Baena

Writer:

Jeff Baena
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aubrey Plaza ... Beth Slocum
Dane DeHaan ... Zach Orfman
John C. Reilly ... Maury Slocum
Molly Shannon ... Geenie Slocum
Cheryl Hines ... Judy Orfman
Paul Reiser ... Noah Orfman
Matthew Gray Gubler ... Kyle Orfman
Anna Kendrick ... Erica Wexler
Eva La Dare ... Pearline
Thomas McDonell ... Dan (scenes deleted)
Alia Shawkat ... Roz (scenes deleted)
Allan McLeod ... Supermarket Stocker
Paul Weitz ... Mr. Levin
Michelle Azar ... Mrs. Levin
Jim O'Heir ... Chip the Mailman
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Storyline

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 Anne Campbell

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Some girls just want to watch the world burn.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some horror violence, sexual content, nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 (2009-2015) season 4 episode 6 "End of the World". See more »

Goofs

After Beth is tied to the oven, the knife on the counter by the cutting board next to the mom moves while she is talking to Zach. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Supermarket Stocker: Can I help you find something, sir?
Zach Orfman: Yeah, do you have any black napkins. I've been looking all over.
Supermarket Stocker: Black napkins... I don't think so. If you don't like white, this is a beige one
Zach Orfman: They have to be black.
Supermarket Stocker: That's more of a Halloween item. You might want to try a party store.
Zach Orfman: [gives a slow, incredulous look]
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.114 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Dreams
Written by Emanuel Kallins and Chieli Minucci
Published by First Digital Music and ZFC Music
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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User Reviews

 
Beth dies, returns as a zombie - comedy ensues
11 August 2014 | by TheMarwoodSee all my reviews

The exhausted zombie subgenre gets a much needed fresh take with this tiny budgeted horror comedy. A zombie epidemic is strictly background material and it begins with Zach played by Dane DeHaan, who does a good job here, grieving over the death of his girlfriend Beth. He bonds with her parents, played by John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon, who make the most of their underwritten parts. It's not before long that Beth returns and she and Zach continue their relationship - which is obviously headed for disaster. Aubrey Plaza does good work with her usual deadpan line readings and there's some hilarious scenes with her spastic rage and violence. Life After Beth is a small, lightweight film, the side characters can occasionally fall into sitcom-ish territory, but it does have some genuine big laughs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life After Beth See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,843, 17 August 2014

Gross USA:

$88,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$274,717
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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