A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mummy, I'm a Zombie is a sequel to the 2011 release Daddy, I'm a Zombie. Originally a Spanish-language film, the DVD has been revoiced for English-speaking audiences. Although zombies and odd, repellent otherworldly creatures, along with spooky settings, eerie music, and magic spells, all are all included to provide suspense and danger to the human heroine, the movie should not be scary for anyone who understands the difference between real and cartoon jeopardy. Zombies chase, cackle, release bats, build an army of attacking skeletons, and threaten, all with no actual menace or harm to anyone. Lots of name-calling ("moron," "rotten hatchet-head," "putrid ball of flesh") and two prototypical mean girls spout insults and catty remarks. Consequences of her parents' recent divorce complicate the heroine's life; her mother is petty and competitive with the sympathetic dad. Too many characters and plot lines may prove confusing to viewers.
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What's the story?
After a short recap of the events in Daddy, I'm a Zombie, Dixie Grimm finds herself happily ensconced in high school with newfound popularity and overjoyed to have returned to her human self. She's a great kid, loyal, friendly, and smart. But there's a problem for our heroine: Dixie is way too trusting, and when two popular mean girls try to win her confidence and encourage her to run for school president, all as a means of eventually making her look foolish, Dixie just doesn't get it. Meanwhile, a group of high school zombie-hunters are disturbing the cemetery in which the zombies make their home, and in the zombie underworld, the evil Nebulosa is once again plotting to take control of the world. To succeed in her nefarious quest, however, she must have the power of the Azoth (a gem containing the elements of creation: earth, fire, water, and air), which is currently in Dixie's possession. Nebulosa's henchmen steal the Azoth from the girl; Dixie and her BFF zombie accomplices must try to steal it back. Nebulosa succeeds in sending an army of skeletons to overtake the city. Cartoon mayhem ensues.
Is it any good?
In trying to combine topical issues of high schoolers and a supernatural adventure, the filmmakers have crafted a plot-heavy, densely populated tale with overworked messages and generic characters. The story flips from high school to the cemetery to Nebulosa's headquarters to Dixie's father's mortuary and back again; nothing much connects the scenes. It doesn't work as a scary movie; it's not a clever high school cautionary tale. The attempts at humor emanating from the stereotypical mean girls and from Dixie's dicey relationship with her zombie accomplices fall flat. In fact, Gonner, one of the two zombie-friend holdovers from the original movie, is almost unintelligible here. Dixie does, however, learn a lesson about accepting everyone, but even that is tainted when it's used as motivation to win an election. Little to recommend.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about and look up the word "inclusive." How does it apply to Dixie's campaign for school president? Are there other, more idealistic reasons to accept people who are different from you?
What do you think are the primary reasons filmmakers create sequels? What makes a sequel successful for the filmmaker? For the audience?
What is a traditional zombie? Look up the origin of zombies. How are those in this film different from the legendary? How are they the same?
- On DVD or streaming: September 23, 2014
- Cast: Kim Wharton, MJ Lallo, Ratana
- Directors: Ricardo Ramon, Benat Beitia
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: High School, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: thematic elements, mild action, scary images, and some rude humor
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