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Zombieland (2009)

-Review by Fiona Young-Brown-

Call me cynical but I just don’t enjoy going to the movies as much as I used to. So many remakes. So little originality. And far too many trailers that either give away the entire story or show the only funny parts in the film. So I must admit to a little trepidation when I went to see Zombieland. I wanted to like it, but would it end up being like so many other movies where you feel as if you saw all the best bits in the preview? Thank God, no. Finally, a film that not only had tons of laughs along with the gore, but also kept some of the biggest surprises out of the trailer entirely.

Jesse Eisenberg is our main character - a geeky teen with no apparent friends, enough fears to keep a psychiatrist in business, a stash of Mountain Dew Code Red, and a huge crush on the girl next door in apartment 406. Just as his dreams may come true and he stands the slightest chance of being noticed by 406, a virus sweeps the nation, turning everyone into zombies and forcing him to kill the girl of his dreams. Life just sucks sometimes.

Wondering what’s become of his family, he decides to head home to Columbus, Ohio. En route, he meets Tallahassee, played brilliantly by Woody Harrelson. Tallahassee, who is pretty much how I imagine Harrelson is in reality, has a rule of no names, because then you might become attached. Meanwhile, Columbus has his own set of rules, ranging from the importance of cardio to the double tap. So Tallahassee and Columbus set out, meeting sisters Wichita and Little Rock (Superbad’s Emma Stone and Little Miss Sunshine’s Abigail Breslin) along the way.

As they head in search of family, amusement parks, and what may be Earth’s last Twinkie, the group engages in various zombie-related adventures, and inevitably bond to create their own family unit. And let’s not forget Bill Murray (I could keep it a secret but you all have access to in what may be my favorite celebrity cameo role since Matt Damon in Eurotrip.

Zombieland was originally supposed to be a television series and the writers have already said that they have enough material for as many as 12 sequels. All I can say is, if they’re as enjoyable as this one, keep ‘em coming.

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