Zombieland (2009)
March 10, 2018 4:38 PM - Subscribe

A shy student trying to reach his family in Ohio, a gun-toting tough guy trying to find the last Twinkie, and a pair of sisters trying to get to an amusement park join forces to travel across a zombie-filled America.

AV Club: Buried deep within the grim worlds of most zombie movies lies an unlikely streak of wish-fulfillment. Granted, a zombie-ruled hellscape offers plenty of disadvantages to the living, but it also includes the giddy promise of a world where the rules have been thrown out the window, and survivors can treat abandoned stores, amusement parks, and homes like their own private treasure chests—assuming, of course, that they don’t get eaten in the process. The winning new road movie/horror-comedy Zombieland runs with this conceit, most gloriously during an extended sequence featuring a mystery guest star indulging in hilarious self-parody.

The Guardian: Traditionally, zombie films are valued for their satirical qualities, but this one doesn't aspire to any commentary on our undead commercial society. It does however offer a nice line on Columbus's emotional frigidity and irrational fear of social contact. These disabilities have equipped him with the neurotically alert caution now needed to stay alive: he may have been a bit of a zombie before the apocalypse, but now his humanity has triumphed. A very ridiculous film which is also a treat.

NYTimes: The real point and, depending on your blood lust, the pleasure of “Zombieland” is its appetite for destruction. Despite its throwaway jokes, a hint of romance and various ridiculous bits of business, some involving Twinkies, the movie is strictly a compendium of all the ways to off zombies, which can be downed with guns, of course, as well as baseball bats, gardening tools, a toilet-bowl lid, even a piano.

Roger Ebert: All of this could have been dreary, but not here. The filmmakers show invention and well-tuned comic timing, and above all, there's a cameo by Bill Murray that gets the single biggest laugh I've heard this year. The foursome hauls up at Murray's vast Beverly Hills mansion, so palatial it is surely a grand hotel, and finds him still in residence. More than that I will not say, except that not many zombie comedies can make me think simultaneously about "Psycho" and "Garfield."


Streaming on Netflix

Zombieland Rules

Why Zombieland is one of the best zombie movies ever
posted by MoonOrb (8 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Oh man, didn't know this one had made it to Netflix. I really loved this movie.
posted by mordax at 6:11 PM on March 10, 2018

There is sooooooo much truth in Murray's response to "Any regrets?"
posted by Thorzdad at 8:21 AM on March 11, 2018 [4 favorites]

This movie is awesome. I have to admit, I was hoping Got-My-Oscar-Already Emma Stone would be doing a lot more zombie-killing by now.
posted by grandiloquiet at 9:31 AM on March 11, 2018

Excellent movie; rewatched it with my SO’s son the other day to pass it to the next generation.

The opening credits sequence showing the chaos of Zombieland in slo-mo, with the credits themselves being shattered or knocked about by the action, is a brilliant gem of filmmaking.
posted by ejs at 11:15 AM on March 11, 2018 [1 favorite]

I never saw this movie, but I remember coming out of a movie theater when it was letting out of the next theater - the people who had just seem Zombieland were positively giddy. I don't know if I've ever seen such a giddy audience coming out of a theater before. It made me want to watch it, though my aversion to zombie gore kept me from doing so. But now it's going on my to-watch list.
posted by lunasol at 9:51 AM on March 12, 2018 [1 favorite]

Films where Woody Harrelson is playing a somewhat stoned sage: Zombieland, 2012, The Hunger Games. I'd really love to see him in a film adaption of the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White: Captiva, Twelve Mile Limit, Deep Blue.

"He spent the summer of 1979 working at Kings Island amusement park." Wikipedia. Oh, boy.
posted by TrishaU at 6:37 PM on March 12, 2018

The piano scene is almost a throw-away, an aside, and yet I can start laughing just thinking about it.
posted by Ber at 8:34 AM on March 13, 2018 [1 favorite]

I'm glad I saw this, back in the day, before I read that review that spoiled the cameo, which wouldn't have hit nearly as hard, IMO.
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