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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Horror-comedy hybrid is gory, crude ... and not for kids.

Movie R 2009 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 68 parent reviews

age 13+

Fun, hilarious flick has some gory violence and language

Zombieland is a dark comedy flick about the zombie apocalypse, that being said you can expect frequent violence and cursing. VIOLENCE: Most of the gore comes from the opening title montage, where we see up close and nasty clips of people having there throats torn out, bitten in graphic detail, zombies being blasted and killed, a woman face planting on concrete splattering blood everywhere and other graphic images. Also disturbing images of zombies vomiting strange liquids etc. and this makes up most of not all of the “gory” violence. Most of the violence later on is quick, the camera doesn’t linger and blood is pretty moderate. Countless zombies are shot, blasted, crushed, bludgeoned, fall to there death and more with blood, however, after the main credits the camera doesn’t seem to linger on the killings, however they are still violent. A zombie is shown feasting on a woman’s intestines. Zombies appear graphic, with bloody detail. Mayhem and destruction throughout, involving zombies, smashing of stores, cars, property. Overall, the violence throughout is quite bloody and intense, sometimes graphic, but it appears moderate compared to many other zombie films not counting the opening scene. LANGUAGE: Around 25 uses of “f*ck” including “motherf*cker”, use of “sh*t”, “b*tch”, “p*ss”, “ass”, “bastard”, “godd*mn”, “hell”, “Jesus Christ” and a use of “c*ckblocking” in sexual context. SEXUAL CONTENT: Mild sexual innuendo and references, a zombie is shown in a skimpy bikini at the beginning, brief kissing. OVERALL: 13+

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 12+
Ok for kids if there mature and can handle gore

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (68 ):
Kids say (235 ):

While violent and crude, this movie is also great fun. It's that rare horror-comedy that manages to have its overall senses of excitement and tension supported, not undercut, by the tension-releasing laughs. The cast is uniformly fine, with Harrelson as a real standout, and commercial director Reuben Fleischer jumps to the big screen with verve and intensity. The film's affection for prior zombie movies is clear, but Zombieland never breaks its own rules: The undead are almost always a real threat.

The jokes come as fast and furious as the body count (including a cameo by a celebrity survivor that's too good to spoil); the action is both goofy and exhilarating; and, while the film certainly isn't for kids, it's ultimately a remarkably satisfying genre deconstruction that simultaneously celebrates and makes fun of zombie-film traditions.

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