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


Jeff Baena


Jeff Baena
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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


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

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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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First comedy film for Dane DeHaan. See more »


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 »


[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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For Angelina
Composed by Philippe Guez and Patrick Maarek
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8 September 2019 | by cheroldSee all my reviews

Recently I wondered, what else did that guy who wrote I Heart Huckabees do? Turns out a decade later he started writing and directing movies. They all had middling IMDB ratings, but one had an interesting premise and starred the always-entertaining Aubrey Plaza, so I watched that one.

The story begins with the death of Beth;. Most of the first half hour is a melancholy slog through boyfriend Zach's mourning process, which involves sitting around or hanging out with her parents. Then her parents stop talking to him and he peeks through their window and sees ... Beth!

Plaza plays Beth, and she fully commits to a portrayal that gets stranger and stranger. She's quite good, but this is more Beth's movie than Zach's. Dane DeHaan plays Zach as a bland everyman, and the things you want from a lead, like personality or personal growth, are sadly missing.

Still, the story is generally interesting as events ramp up, and there are good moments. If you push through the tedious beginning, it's a reasonably entertaining movie that suffers from poor pacing and a weak lead.

The last half hour is the craziest part, but by the end it feels like not enough has happened to justify a movie. The movie would have worked better if Zach had learned something from it all. Alternately, the movie would have worked better if the script were the first half of something that got really, really crazy by the end. Instead, it's all rather underwhelming.

The movie makes one wonder if writer-director Baen could have pulled off I Heart Huckabees. As a director he's workmanlike, and based on Life After Beth I wonder if perhaps those who worked on the film with him helped make a better movie than existed on paper. Because Life After Beth seems like a rather lazy movie.

I don't really have a recommendation on this one. It's entertaining more often than not, and sometimes quite funny. Plaza is quite good, as is Matthew Gray Gubler as Zach's hyped-up brother. Yet at the end it feels like a ramble to nowhere.

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Release Date:

15 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life After Beth See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA


Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,843, 17 August 2014

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1.85 : 1
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