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Zombieland Review

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3.0

Dave White Profile

Zombies. They're still really popular. Read full review

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  • 4.0
    73

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    An improbably delicious comedy.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Falling closer in tone to "Shaun of the Dead" than "28 Days Later" or the George Romero movies, Zombieland has its tongue planted firmly in its rancid cheek while still delivering the visceral goodies.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    At the bone, Zombieland is a polished, very funny road picture shaped by wisenheimer cable-TV sensibilities and starring four likable actors, each with an influential following.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Mostly, it's just wicked fun.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Warts, entrails and all, I had a ball at Zombieland. It’s 81 minutes of my kind of stupid.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Horror-comedy hybrid is gory, crude ... and not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, in keeping with its title, Zombieland is full of zombie violence, whether it's the zombies dispatching humans or being dispatched themselves. Although much of the mayhem is played for laughs and the film's overall tone is lighthearted, there's tons of gore (shootings, bludgeonings, stabbings, flesh eating, and more), as well as scary depictions of the end of the world. Also expect frequent strong language (including "f--k" and then some), some drinking, and one scene of drug use.

  • Families can talk about the film's mocking tone. Can a filmmix brutal violence and comedy? Horror and humor? How does the comedic tone affect the impact of the violence?
  • Why do you think zombies are such a popular movie subject? What do zombie movies tend to have in common? Why are they so often also about the end of the world?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: You could argue that the main character's attempts to form bonds with people and create a family of sorts gives the movie a positive undercurrent, but really it's all about bloody (albeit supposedly comedic) action mayhem.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The characters may be very crude and violent, but they also go through noteworthy changes over the course of the movie -- whether it's learning to live without constant terror or embracing relationships with others. Issues of trust, sacrifice, and loss also come up, with the survivors truly working together to survive and thrive.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Extraordinary horror- and zombie-themed violence, with zombies devouring humans in bloody fashion, humans dispatching zombies with aplomb, and more. Shootings, bludgeonings, stabbings, falls from great heights, and limb removal, are all featured, plus vehicular mayhem and more. Humans are eaten, assaulted, shot, and hurled from cars; zombies are set aflame, hit with falling objects, and more. The zombie-related violence includes copious amounts of blood, rent flesh, and gore.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Kissing; discussions of sex; discussions of how a character "would hit that" or "at least ... first (base)." A zombie stripper -- with pasties over her nipples -- is briefly seen.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language throughout, including "f--k," "motherf---er," "c--k," "nut," "balls," "hell," "dick," "s--t," "bitch," "crap," "Jesus," "oh my God," "Jesus Christ," "ass," "bastard," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Brands mentioned or seen include Cadillac, Hostess snack foods (specifically Snow Balls and Twinkies), Pepsi, Mountain Dew, World of Warcraft, and Lancome.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink alcohol -- including hard liquor and wine. Marijuana is smoked from a hookah.

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