Runtime: 89 minutes
Release Date: July 15, 2014
Director: Jeff Baena
Zach doesn't know quite what to do
with himself after learning that his girlfriend Beth died. While
trying to cope with her passing, he starts spending a lot of time
with her parents Maury and Geenie. They play games, talk about Beth,
and generally just try to be there for each other. When he goes over
to their house one day, he finds the door locked and they won't
answer it even though he can see them. After gaining access to their
home, he discovers that Beth is alive again.
Instead of her parents faking her
death, he learns that Beth actually came back from the dead.
Unfortunately, Beth thinks everything is fine and has no idea that
she died, nor does she know that they actually broke up before her
death. Zach tries to pretend that everything is fine between them,
even as Beth goes off the deep end. She constantly tries to have sex
with him, breaks through walls and exhibits other types of super
strength, and even sets fire to a lifeguard stand at one time. Since
he can't tell anyone that she's back from the dead, he has to find a
way to play nice with his dead girlfriend at the same time that his
own parents attempt to set him up with the pretty girl next door.
Life After Beth is a good movie,
but only after you step back and give it some thought. When we first
watched it, we all sat there for awhile with our WTF faces on. None
of us were particularly fond of it, which was odd because we all love
Aubrey Plaza. I turned all my friends onto Parks and Recreation, and
I think I'm the only person who actually enjoyed the first season.
After a few weeks though, we realized that we were constantly quoting
the movie and bringing up scenes to make each other laugh.
The sad thing is that this is
definitely a Plaza movie, but Plaza really isn't that funny in this
one. The exception are the scenes at the very end when she's strapped
to an oven and trying to walk, but you can see those moments in the
trailer. The real standouts are all the background characters.
Molly Shannon is hysterical as
Beth's mom, especially towards the end when she has no clue what is
going on around here. John C. Reilly is also pretty damn funny as
Beth's dad. Then you have Cheryl Hines and Paul Resier as Zach's
parents. It's always nice to see Reiser pop up in something and
actually get a few good lines.
I was also a big fan of Matthew
Gray Gubler. He plays Zach's older brother who is obsessed with
following the laws and keeping people safe. When he joins the local
group tasked with stopping the zombie invasion, I couldn't stop
laughing. Plus we get a fun little cameo from Gary Marshall when he
comes back from the dead. Even Anna Kendrick turns up as the girl
dating Zach. One of the best moments comes when Zach is trying to
talk about Beth and she gets super confused because she thought his
girlfriend was dead.
Life After Beth is a smart
comedy/horror film, and I think it's the type of movie that requires