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Life After Beth

MV5BMjA3OTUwOTMxOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODg4NTkwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Aubrey Plaza, Dan DeHann, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Anna Kendrick

Zac’s girlfriend, Beth, dies from snake bite when she’s out hiking. He grieves for her deeply, until one day – Beth’s back! He can love her again. That is, until he discovers she’s become a zombie!

This is a terrific film. I don’t think it’s quite as good as Zombieland or Warm Bodies, but it does come pretty close. And like its zom com predecessors, the theme is about love and relationships rather than horror or ‘end of the world’ anxieties. It has a beautiful, delicate humour.

This film is funny, well-scripted, and the casting and acting is excellent. Aubrey Plaza is sensational as Beth and I believe that this must be her best role yet. This is definitely a film that is worth a watch.

 

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Waitress

MV5BMTc4ODI2MjU2M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTAzNzU0MQ@@._V1_SX214_Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto, Darby Stanchfield, Andy Griffith

Jenna is a waitress and maker of fine pies in a diner in the deep south of the USA. She gets pregnant, but wants to leave her horrid, controlling brute of a husband, Earl. She can’t leave Earl without money, so plans to enter and win a big pie making contest.

During her pregnancy, Jenna falls in love with her married doctor, Jim. She’s finally happy, but is in an impossible situation. How can she ever leave Earl, will she get to the pie contest, how will she survive with a baby on her own, and what will she do about Jim?

This isn’t a bad little flick. The characters are well thought out and executed, and the story moves at an easy pace.

The emotional and physical violence, however, somewhat disturbed me and made my viewing experience a little less pleasurable – I seemed to be quite tense throughout, perhaps expecting the worst to happen.

As I said, not a bad rom com, not a lot of humour, but it wraps up nicely in the end.