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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

A good Jane Austen movie, but a poor zombie movie.

Movie PG-13 2016 108 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies isn't that bad, but it isn't that good either

This sort of bland zombie take on Pride and Prejudice really pushed the PG-13 boundaries. It isn't frequently violent, but when it is, heads are blown off, limbs are severed, and there is plenty of blood. There really isn't much mature content besides that. The film was kind of slow, and slowed more towards the end, which I found odd. The ending wasn't anything special. I was disappointed, but not really surprised based off of other reviews. It is definitely on the higher end of two stars, but it never really passed fine in my opinion.

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Too much violence
age 15+
"One must have a proper knowledge in..." the original pride and prejudice to completely understand the full humor behind this parody. And a free grasp on how zombies should be. Following the same line as the original and a twist. Hot and feisty, Elizabeth and Darcy have a much more heated relationship. I also feel a strong amout of frustration, when both Elizabeth and Darcy are substained to using their words not fists in the original. All in all a great movie. But in the eyes of someone who hasn't seen the original an open mind I feel is needed to understand.

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Great role models

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Perhaps not surprisingly, this is a poor zombie movie, but it is a pretty good Jane Austen movie. When it focuses on humans, the mood is playful, buoyant, romantic, and even funny. Director Burr Steers made his debut with Igby Goes Down (2002), a literate movie about smart characters, and in adapting Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 mash-up novel PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, he clearly brings that penchant to Austen's creations as well.

Unfortunately, Steers doesn't seem to care about zombies. His creatures are fast-moving action-movie zombies (i.e. not scary). Plus, the film's fast, jerky cutting is clearly designed to minimize gore, and the remaining visual effects are third-rate. Likewise, the martial arts fight scenes, while well-choreographed, are shot with an equal lack of care. Eventually, action takes over, and the movie suffers through too many dead spots. It's too bad that Steers couldn't have hired a good "B" movie co-director to boost the movie's zombie half.

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