Parents' Guide to

The Dead Don't Die

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory zombie comedy has an offbeat sense of humor.

Movie R 2019 105 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 16+

Great cast, terrible movie

This movie opened up really well with quite a few funny moments and an overall interesting plot laid out. The movie had many famous actors, it was like at ever next scene there would be another “oh hey it’s that guy”. About half way through, very quickly, main characters are just written out of the story for no reason whatsoever. Side plots are no longer connecting. It’s as if characters were introduced just to get written out 10 minutes later. Like I seriously do not understand this movie, it was as if someone was telling a very intriguing scary story but was rushed to finish it “uhh so yeh they died, they ran away, and those guys went out in style, the end”. Plus they got hermit tom to read out the movies overarching metaphor because clearly the audience is too dumb do understand it. Had potential, someone in production must’ve blackmailed somebody else cause this end result sucked
age 15+

Still enjoyable movie for horror comedy.

I've read a few comments talking about how horrible it is lol and honestly it's not that bad for what it is. Don't go into this movie with high expectations, it's not a serious movie what so ever it's just something they did for the fun of it tbh. This movie isn't like zombie land or Shaun of the dead and it's not ment to be haha. Like people talking about "how do they come to terms that it is zombies right off the bat and nothing else" the reason so is because Adam Driver character Ronnie "Read the script" and Caleb Landry Jones Character Bobby "has seen a lot of zombie movies" lol. Like come on. Hell, the theme of the movie plays on the radio and Bill asks what is this song it sounds familiar?? Adam literally tells him the name of the song and that it's the theme for the movie... like come on lmao you should know not to take this movie seriously. All in all don't go into this expecting something big. I'd say it like a 5.5 or 6 out of 10, but its enjoyable at the score for me.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (9 ):

While this all-star, deadpan zombie comedy won't appeal to everyone, its wry commentary and postmodern goodness make it ideal for fans of sardonic writer/director Jim Jarmusch. The horror genre may seem like the total opposite of Jarmusch's style, but The Dead Don't Die is nonetheless a strange delight, a fitting companion piece to Jarmusch's angsty vampire movie Only Lovers Left Alive. Most of the movie's incredible cast have worked with Jarmusch before, and they seem to be having laid-back fun; none of the characters gets terribly frazzled by the zombie attacks. But the film's low-key humor will definitely fall flat for those who aren't already attuned to the filmmaker's offbeat rhythms.

Miraculously, Jarmusch manages to have his brains and eat them, too, effortlessly combining political jokes with self-referential ones. Radio chats about "polar fracking" eerily mirror today's style of political debates, and the zombies have a funny consumerist streak. Meanwhile, a character runs a horror movie memorabilia shop out of the local gas station, and the theme song by Sturgill Simpson is available on CD, even as the movie is happening. The Dead Don't Die offers a few more truly bizarre surprises as things go on, as well as plenty of laughs. Viewers shouldn't expect anything like Ghostbusters or Groundhog Day, but die-hard, deep-dive Murray fans will find much to treasure.

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