Posted on: March 8, 2010

In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, a small group of survivors search for fun, happiness…and Twinkies.

The movie follows the adventures of Columbus, a college student who, in the aftermath of the zombie uprising, intends to go back home to Columbus, Ohio, to see if his parents have survived. Given his various phobias and neuroses, he has developed a list of thirty-odd “rules” which govern his life. Several of these rules are featured in the movie, such as always wearing a seat belt when he crashes his car to escape from a zombie hidden in his back seat.

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) meets up with Tallahassee (brilliantly played by Woody Harrelson). Columbus, Tallahassee, are you picking up on a theme here? Tallahassee is the antithesis to Columbus. Where Columbus is shy and introverted, Tallahassee is brash and loud. Columbus counters his fear of everything with a strict set of rules. Tallahassee fears nothing, except perhaps never finding his elusive Twinkies.

Eventually, they meet up with two female con artists, Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin). While their first meeting doesn’t exactly endear them to one another, they eventually team up. Rumor has it that the “Pacific Playground” amusement park in California is zombie-free, they head for it. Along the way, they make a brief stop at the home of a celebrity, whose cameo in this film is one of the best I’ve ever seen.

The zombies in this movie aren’t the classic shambling brain-eaters ala George Romero. Instead, they are people who have been infected with a disease that makes them go insane and crave human flesh. They move fast (assuming they still have legs and such). But, in classic zombie fashion, a head shot is still the only way to really kill them.

The good – this movie is funny, very funny. And not in the “this movie is so bad it is hilarious” kind of way. It was written and filmed as a comedy and it works. As noted earlier, the cameo is just great as well.

The bad – even as a zombie movie, there are several points that really push the limits of suspending disbelief. In all their travels, our intrepid heroes only find one other survivor. Electricity still works, gas pumps still run, and there is apparently an endless supply of ammunition for all their firearms.

All in all, I thought it was a fun movie. Entertaining and funny. Very light on anything practical that might be gleaned but fun nonetheless.

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