A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of trust and loyalty sincerely and ironically explored.
Positive Role Models
While not a role model by any stretch, Shaun's character arc reveals him to be capable of making decisions, and he displays leadership qualities unrevealed before the zombie infestation.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic gore; cartoonish/over-the-top feel, but still really bloody. Humans and zombies constantly try to kill each other in various ways -- by biting, shooting, impaling, stabbing, etc. Zombie movie violence: entrails eating, flesh ripping, a character killed by having his chest ripped open by a horde of zombies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references and crude humor concerning the lead character's mother.
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Frequent profanity. Regular use of "f--k." "Motherf----r." White character calls his other white friends "n---az" in an ironic greeting. "C--t," "c--k," "pr--k," "twat," "hell," "pisshead."
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Products & Purchases
Product placement for Coke and Jaguar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters often drink beer and cocktails and smoke cigarettes, spending much of their time in a pub. One of the characters is a drug dealer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shaun of the Dead is a horror comedy in which a London slacker (Simon Pegg) and his friends must fight for survival during a zombie outbreak. Although it's more of a comedy than a true horror movie, there's still enough blood, guts, and gore to turn your stomach and make you avert your eyes -- most of it occurring during the climactic battles at the end. It's also extremely violent. Zombies and humans try to kill each other in every way possible: biting, shooting, stabbing, impaling, etc. There's almost nonstop profanity -- regular use of "f--k" and variations, and a white character ironically calls his white friends "n---az" by way of greeting. There's some crude humor: flatulence, sexual humor. There's also a lot of smoking and drinking, and there are a few drug references. There are also some intense scenes, such as when a son is forced to kill his zombie mother and some characters consider killing themselves. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This cult favorite zom-rom-com pokes fun at zombie movie clichés, but it also honors these movies by following their rules. It balances laugh-out-loud funny scenes (such as when Shaun is so self-absorbed that he doesn't see the zombies wandering around his neighborhood and then misses the news warnings because he's channel-surfing) with some intense, suspenseful, and yes, very gory and bloody scenes (for example, the zombies attack a man and pull various bloody organs out of his stomach). The gore is plentiful, but also over the top and cartoonish. Mature horror fans are likely to really enjoy the movie's droll British humor and the homage to George Romero's zombie classics.
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