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Now Available: Zombie Rom-Com 'Life After Beth' Hits DirecTV

Criticwire By Max O'Connell | Criticwire July 17, 2014 at 1:12PM

Aubrey Plaza plays the reanimated ex-girlfriend of Dane De Haan, who just can't seem to let their relationship die.
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'Life After Beth'
'Life After Beth'

DirecTV customers now have an exclusive chance to check out the Sundance Jury Prize nominated comedy "Life After Beth" before it makes its theatrical debut in August. An genre mash-up between the teen romance comedy and the zombie movie, "Life After Beth" stars Dane DeHaan as Zach, a young man whose girlfriend, Beth (Aubrey Plaza,) dies after a snakebite, only to return from the beyond. Zach now has a chance to do all of the things he never made time for, but he finds that Beth isn't exactly as he remembers her.

 "Life After Beth" was met with mostly warm reception upon its premiere at Sundance, where Plaza's unhinged performance was particularly praised. The film hits DirecTV today and runs until August 14, the day before its theatrical release. The film is available in 1080p HD (Blu-Ray quality) for $12.99 and standard definition for $11.99.

"Life After Beth"
Dir: Jeff Baena
Criticwire Average: 

B-

Don Simpson, Smells Like Screen Spirit/Film Threat

While zombies have functioned as a wide variety of socio-political metaphors throughout their history, "Life After Beth" might just be the first film to use zombies as a symbol for the deterioration of a relationship, capturing the near-apocalyptic suffering of a young man after losing his girlfriend. "Life After Beth" is essentially a visualization of how Zach mentally processes the demise of his relationship with Beth. Read more.


Joe Bendel, Libertas Film Magazine

Writer-director Baena dexterously keeps the zombie apocalypse lurking just outside our field of vision, focusing instead on the increasingly problematic relationship between Orfman and Slocum. He also stays true to the logical necessities of zombie movies in the redemptive third act climax. However, the humor in "After" definitely leans toward the mild chuckle end of the spectrum. Read more.


Cory Everett, The Playlist

A few recent vehicles have done an admirable job of translating Plaza’s unique appeal to the big screen (“The To Do List,” “Safety Not Guaranteed”) but oddly enough, she seems the most at home here. As Beth we see her stretching in both directions, deadpanning (“What do you want from me, Zach? I’m a fucking zombie! Zombies eat guys”) and letting loose in scenes that have her covered in blood, punching through a wall and screaming “Motherfucker!” (and yes, it’s as great as it sounds). Read more.

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