Hoult and Rob Corddry (Butter), who plays his zombie buddy, do a fine job of expressing the emotions of an emotionless "species." Their conversations may consist almost entirely of grunting noises (which is different from the majority of male conversations how, exactly?), but they’re capable of getting a point across. Watching them shuffle toward a new kind of life will surely melt any human’s heart.

It would be remiss not to point out the genius use of music in this movie. Not in recent memory have songs added as much to the story as they do here, and the zombie theme makes tunes such as Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" as funny as they are appropriate.

If you spot parallels between R and Julie’s romance and that of another famous pair of star-crossed lovers, that is by design. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Who knows: if Shakespeare was writing today, his Romeo and Juliet may well have included zombies, too.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drug/Alcohol: Girl drinks a beer.
  • Language/Profanity: Pretty mild: it almost seemed the writers had a list of common profanities and carefully checked off each word once. A couple of words appeared several times, but not often: God’s name was taken in vain, the f-bomb dropped maybe twice, s-word, bit**, and he**.
  • Violence: It comes and goes, but violence happens throughout. Various guns are fired and hand-to-hand combat takes place. Zombies attack and bite humans, some brains consumed. One variety of zombies is mostly bones; both humans and zombies are killed (though zombies already dead, so…) Some scenes are intense but generally brief.
  • Sex/Nudity: Some teen kissing, a teen make-out session implied but not shown in detail. A zombie male watches a girl remove outer layer of clothing (from behind). No nudity.
  • Spiritual Themes: Love conquers all.

Publication date: February 1, 2013