ZOMBIELAND

Funny But Graphic

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Quality
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Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: October 02, 2009

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jesse
Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail
Breslin, and Bill Murray

Genre: Comedy/Horror

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 81 minutes

Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Pictures Entertainment

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Executive Producer: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and
Ezra Swerdlow

Producer: Gain Polone

Writer: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Columbia Pictures
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
Phone: (310) 244-4000; Fax: (310) 244-2626
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

Content:

(B, C, Pa, LLL, VVV, S, NN, A, DD, M) Light, redemptive moral worldview of self-sacrifice and doing tough things to help others, mixed with some pagan elements, including flesh-eating zombies; 37 obscenities and six profanities; extreme, constant and highly graphic violence as zombies kill and eat human flesh, much blood, zombies are killed constantly throughout by being shot, crushed and beaten, resulting in dozens and dozens of zombie corpses; minor sexual discussion; upper female nudity in “news footage” of woman stripper running out of nightclub; drinking of alcohol; smoking marijuana; and, lying and deceit.

Summary:

ZOMBIELAND is a comical horror movie about a teenager, Columbus, who must band together with the three other humans left alive after a disease outbreak turns everyone into zombies. Though funny at times, ZOMBIELAND is marred by very graphic, excessive violence.

Review:

ZOMBIELAND is a comical horror movie about a teenager, Columbus, who must band together with the three other humans left alive after a disease outbreak turns everyone into zombies.

Columbus is nervous and scared of many things but has managed to survive because of his “survival rules.” He meets Tallahassee, a driven man intent on killing zombies and trying to find a Twinkie.

They meet two sisters, Little Rock and Wichita, and attempt to help them. However, the sisters end up conning them out of their truck and weapons. Columbus and Tallahassee find them and, through a series of events, eventually join forces when they must hold off the onslaught of the zombies at an amusement park.

One of Columbus’ survival rules is to “Not be a hero” and to not help others. However, when the sisters are trapped, he changes his rule to “Be a hero” and overcomes his greatest phobia to help them.

While all of the four humans have suffered loss, we learn that Tallahassee is actually mourning the loss of his young son. The survivors learn that they need to be with each other in order to survive.

The movie is well written with very funny characters and a plot that twists and turns. An unexpected highlight is a hilarious cameo by Bill Murray.

The movie, however, is filled with graphic, extreme violence, which is treated comically at times. The zombies are seen very often eating human flesh and killing people by biting them. And the zombies are shown being killed in many different ways, but mostly by being shot.

Finally, there is plenty of foul language, and it is assumed in the end that Columbus and Wichita will sleep together.

Because of these issues, the movie requires extreme caution on the part of both teenagers and adults.

In Brief:

ZOMBIELAND is a comical horror movie about a teenager, Columbus, who must band together with the three other humans left alive after a disease turns everyone into zombies. Columbus is scared of many things but survives because of his “survival rules.” He meets Tallahassee, a man intent on killing zombies. They meet two sisters and try to help them. However, the sisters end up taking their truck and weapons. Columbus and Tallahassee find them and, through a series of events, eventually join forces when they must hold off a zombie onslaught at an amusement park.

ZOMBIELAND is well written, with funny characters and a plot that twists and turns. An unexpected highlight is with a hilarious cameo by Bill Murray. The movie, however, is filled with graphic, extreme violence. The zombies are seen very often eating human flesh and killing people by biting them. And the zombies are shown being killed in many different ways mostly by being shot. There is plenty of foul language, and it is assumed that the two teenagers eventually will sleep together. Because of these issues, ZOMBIELAND crosses over into the excessive category for media-wise moviegoers.