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Zombie Bro

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Offbeat zombie movie has mild violence, bullying.

Movie NR 2020 83 minutes
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Those expecting Zombie Bro to be a B-movie about a frat zombie wreaking havoc on a college campus will be pleasantly surprised by this quirky movie. Those expecting this to be a brain-eating bloodfeast rather than the weird, unique, and hilarious indie film that it actually is will be disappointed that there isn't much in the way of gore or violence, but it's not like they don't have a whole slew of movies to choose from in that regard. It's as much a coming-of-age movie as it is a movie about a kid brother who has turned into a zombie, and the way these two genres play off each other makes this a whole lot of fun to watch. There's more Napoleon Dynamite in it than Day of the Dead, and it achieves the near-impossible: a fresh take on the shopworn zombie film.

Again, the quirkiness and oddball humor isn't for everyone, particularly those expecting more straight-ahead horror. But for families with a different set of expectations, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud scenes for tweens and adults alike. There's also a positive message that emerges loud and clear by the film's conclusion about how tweens who get picked on, put down, and made to feel inferior can learn to find the inner strength to stand up for themselves, no matter if they're contending with zombies, bullies, younger siblings, or parents. Zombie Bro is a pleasant surprise, a stand-out blend of familiar genres that carves out a space all its own.

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