Parents' Guide to

Warm Bodies

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Despite violence, book-based zombie romance is OK for teens.

Movie PG-13 2013 97 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 12+

A great movie to show kids (a great message)

As you can see in the title, this movie has a wonderful message. There is violence but that’s the only reason I made the rating 12, otherwise so would have put lower. There is no sexual-ness except for a kids and that’s it.
age 12+

A sweet, feel good movie

There is nothing in this movie that is offensive. There is no blood as such and there is no violence (apart from a couple of scenes in the beginning but it is quite light hearted). It is a little creepy at times but I am easily scared and it was no more than a couple of jumps. Overall, this is a very sweet, romantic and positive film. Kids over 12 are certainly okay to watch it (even perhaps younger if they are not bothered by zombies and the like). There is no swearing or foul language, nothing inappropriate and no sex scenes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11 ):
Kids say (52 ):

Move over, vampires, the zombies are upon us, and they're hilarious. These aren't the mindless savage zombies of George Romero or The Walking Dead, and this isn't an origin story like 28 Days Later. Based on author Isaac Marion's clever young adult novel, WARM BODIES is part Romeo and Juliet love story, part Shaun of the Dead biting comedy. It's funny, contemplative, and sweetly romantic. The leads have an authentic chemistry that makes for a perfect date movie for both teens and adults (thanks to the soundtrack featuring '80s classics like Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart," Guns N' Roses' "Patience," and John Waite's "Missing You").

Hoult is clearly one of England's most talented young imports. The former star of the edgy U.K. series Skins, he's transformed from the dorky young star of About a Boy into a handsome leading man with a knack for comedy, drama, action, you name it. The same goes for his Aussie leading lady, who can play tough and tender with equal flair. The small supporting cast is great (Corddry is a laugh, Analeigh Tipton is lovely as Julie's best friend, and Malkovich is Malkovich), the script is witty, and overall Warm Bodies is a well-edited, well-acted adaptation of a memorable book.

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