Rapid Review: Life After Beth (2014)

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“There’s just like so many things that I wish I had told her.”
– Zach

SYNOPSIS: 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. – via IMDB

Just sharing some arb scenes from it, I liked it!

This scene… oh man!

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Just every scene with DeHaan was awesome, he was so weird.

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This one is for me… #ForScience

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DeHaan and Gubler were exceptionally amusing together.

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Zach and Beth get a second chance… though it is a little dodgy!

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Apparently the sweet things aren’t the same anymore when you’re dead…

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Undead takes fighting to a whole different level of issues to deal with…

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If you thought you had family problems before, date your now-deceased girlfriend.

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GRADE 7

So I know this ultimately came back with mixed reviews and all, but I liked it. A large part of the movie was based on Dane DeHaan’s performance, and he did not disappoint at all. I absolutely loved how it all came together. I really wish Matthew Gray Gubler had gotten more screen time, but just having him and DeHaan in a movie together was good enough for me. He was such a toolbag – and I totally just wanted to have him grow his hair out a little more! He got some extremely entertaining scenes though, even if he was underused. I thought the cast all did a great job with their roles, and they were terribly entertaining. Zach’s extremely mixed feelings over Beth and her return were funny – he had some serious adjustment issues. Aubrey Plaza was amusing and extremely good as Beth, and the dynamic between her and DeHaan was great. The way the story was told worked for it, too, as it was funny and humorous (for me) in a slightly darker and sillier way. Watching Zach’s plight was comical, and Maury’s reaction to Zach’s relationship with Beth as well as how he didn’t want to hush up about it all was also something that gave me giggles. Beth’s disintegration into full-fledged zombie was something to watch, it was a pretty gradual progression. I thought it was really sweet how Zach grabbed at the opportunity to do all the things with Beth he never got around to doing when she was alive, and their relationship decomposed at the same rate that she was, creating even more hardships for Zach. The Orfman family was just plain down bizarre, but it isn’t as though the Slocums were a step up, either. I loved the way the apocalypse so gradually started happening, as well as the zombie types that were featured. The smooth jazz that popped up from time to time cracked me up. Naturally, the movie has flaws, but overall I had a good time. The end is a little bit of a let down, but nothing too serious. Anyway, Life After Beth is a darkly laughable affair, a different look at the zombie romance thing that seems to be popular at the moment, and well worth the watch if you like anyone from the cast, or enjoy that slightly crooked sense of absurd comedy, even if it has moments where it gets a little slow.

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28 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Life After Beth (2014)

  1. Tom says:

    My celebrity crush on Aubrey Plaza is going to lead me to seeing this…..eventually! I can’t find it anywhere. Unless…..is it on Netflix?? Nice review!!!

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  2. The Vern says:

    I enjoyed Plaza’s performance a lot , but there wasn’t enough zombie action in this flick for me to fully embrace this one.I do like the photo montage you featured. The scene where they are on their date at the beach is funny.

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    • Zoë says:

      Yeah I think people looking for a full on zombie flick aren’t going to like this too much. I also expected more zombie, but didn’t get as much.

      LOL there were some scenes where I had a good giggle.

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    • Zoë says:

      I ❤ DeHaan in anything, but he really worked here. I remember it was your review that really got me interested in this, I hadn't heard of it before that!

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  3. Ryan says:

    I enjoyed this one too, Zoe. It’s definitely not without its flaws but there’s a nice little charm to it that keeps it entertaining. And I agree, they should of used Gubler more because he stole every scene!

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