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Zombieland: Double Tap

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Cheerfully vulgar, gory sequel lives up to the original.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 93 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 9 reviews

We think this movie stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Plenty of little messages in the form of Columbus' rules -- such as don't be afraid to ask for help, enjoy the little things, and buckle up. But the most important rule is teamwork, and, though they bicker and complain, this team works like a well-oiled machine.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are lovable, but they're prone to poor behavior -- such as destruction or stealing of property that once held value, and rampant violence with no consequences.

Violence

Extremely strong zombie violence, much presented with a comic tone. Guns and shooting. Blood spurts. Zombie tongue ripped off. Zombie head smashed. Zombie beheading. Eyeball pulled out of socket. Zombie ground up in hay baler. Monster truck runs over zombies. Humans turn into zombies (vomiting). Head slammed against windshield. Explosion.

Sex

Kissing and suggested sex scenes, with sounds heard through walls.

Language

Frequent language includes "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "c--ksucker," "p---y," "d--k," "t-ts," "son of a bitch," "ass," "hell," "goddamn," "fart," "nut up," "oh my God," and "Jesus" (as exclamations). One character is repeatedly targeted for mockery/being called "dumb."

Consumerism

Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A character holds a half-drunk bottle of alcohol. Beer cans shown. Bag of pot shown. Young woman said to be smoking "a lot of pot."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zombieland: Double Tap is the horror-comedy sequel to Zombieland, set 10 years after the first movie. It's a worthy companion piece to the original, rather than a pale imitation, and the characters' chemistry is as strong as ever. But iffy/mature material makes it best for older teens and up. Expect extreme (albeit comical) zombie violence and gore, with guns and shooting, blood sprays, severed heads, destroyed body parts, and a monster truck running over hordes of zombies. Language is also strong, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "c--ksucker," "motherf----r," and more. Characters kiss, and there are two sex scenes; they're more suggested than shown, but sex noises are heard through walls. There are suggestions of drinking (bottles/beer cans shown), and a bag of pot is shown, with spoken references to smoking pot. Woody HarrelsonJesse EisenbergEmma Stone, and Abigail Breslin all return.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byScaryMovieMan October 19, 2019

Great sequel to a great movie

This is my favorite comedy this year. Not only is it a good comedy movie its also a pretty good zombie movie. I will say that you will need to watch the first m... Continue reading
Adult Written byParentslifeisassime November 3, 2019

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!

Great movie kids for 10 and above funny my son and I loved it
Teen, 13 years old Written byColumbus123 October 19, 2019

Zero

The only violence was shooting. There was a little sex. The swearing was not that heavy. The only consumerism was a bag of weed. The only alcohol was half a bot... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byOriginal Leprechaun November 1, 2019

It’s a fun sequel

I believe age really depends on how much sex, violence, and vulgar language you’ve already exposed your kids with. So for this I’d say is a solid nine at least.

What's the story?

In ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP, it's 10 years after the events of Zombieland, and the core foursome -- Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Wichita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) -- has settled down in the White House. Columbus tries to take his relationship with Wichita to the next level and proposes, causing her to panic. Little Rock, meanwhile, feels stirrings of wanting to be on her own. So the sisters decide to leave. A month later, a distraught Columbus meets the pink-clad Madison (Zoey Deutch) in an empty mall and invites her back to the house, just as Wichita returns. Wichita explains that her sister has run off with a hippie named Berkeley (Avan Jogia) with no weapons and that a new strain of more intelligent, resilient zombies has evolved. It's time to hit the road again to save her; this time, their destination is Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Is it any good?

A happy companion rather than an inferior imitation, this is the rare sequel that feels as fresh and surprising -- and as funny -- as the original. Zombieland: Double Tap starts out on the right (rotting) foot with Eisenberg updating viewers via jokey yet informative narration, accompanied by a dazzlingly gory slow-motion title sequence. The characters are at ease together, making sly jabs at one another and casually referencing the decade that's gone by since Zombieland. But it's more than just references and in-jokes; the players seem excited and refreshed to be here.

Zombieland: Double Tap relies heavily on Elvis Presley references (including an Elvis-themed hotel run by Rosario Dawson's Nevada), on a specific supporting character from the first movie, and on a pair of characters who hilariously mirror Tallahassee and Columbus. There's also a hippie commune called Babylon, named not for the great ancient city but for the 1999 David Gray song. The jokes are funny, and the zombie attacks are thrillingly kinetic and bloody, but the real key to the movie's success is its warmth and its dedication to this ill-fitting but loving, lovable family. It's weirdly reminiscent of another successful R-rated comedy sequel about a surrogate family, Deadpool 2; the characters' most irritating little foibles turn out to become their greatest strengths.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Zombieland: Double Tap's violence. Can a film mix brutal violence and comedy? Horror and humor? How does the comedic tone affect the impact of the violence?

  • How is sex depicted? What values are imparted?

  • What's the appeal of zombie movies? Are zombies scary? Do they represent other aspects of life today?

  • How does this sequel compare to the original? Why do you think sequels get made?

  • The characters demonstrate strong teamwork. Is it possible for a mature, violent horror movie to impart other positive examples of character strengths?

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