A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence, demonic imagery. Man shoots a rifle at main characters. Car chase. Antagonist shoves, knocks out teen girl. Lead character, after dying and coming back as a demon, goes to his daughter's school and chokes her teacher.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During amusement park ride, female skeleton, clothed, lands in front of potential investors in the amusement park with her legs spread open.
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Infrequent mild profanity. "Damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and wine drinking in a bar, including a drunken patron. Drinking at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zombillénium is a 2017 French comedy-horror animated movie in which a recently-deceased government inspector joins a cast and crew of undead in a Halloween theme park. Expect some demonic imagery and cartoonish violence. Also, when the lead character transforms into a demon, he goes to his daughter's school and chokes one of her stern teachers. In another scene, while investors are taking one of the rides in the theme park, a female skeleton, clothed, falls in front of them and lands in front of them with her legs spread. A young girl learns that her father has died. A teen girl is shoved and knocked out. Alcohol drinking, including a drunken bar patron. Rifle shots during a car chase. Language includes "damn" and "hell." Overall, some of the imagery and the themes, such as labor struggle and revolution, make this best for mature teens and older. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This has a somewhat interesting premise but doesn't quite deliver. Zombillénium isn't a bad movie, but it doesn't transcend any inevitable comparisons to Tim Burton movies. Even the self-aware Pixaresque ironical takes on vampires, demons, etc. feels shopworn by this point. And when the lead character Hector, newly dead, starts to transform into a demon, his resemblance to Hellboy is hard to ignore. While many of the big-picture comedy premises work, the sight gags and one-liners, more often than not, fall flat.
That said, it's a uniquely socialist satire on the undead. The idea of "class struggle" is a big source of the humor undergirding the entire story, with most of the undead either lurching around with a broom sweeping up after tourists or working the counters selling ice cream. The idea of Gretchen, the teen Goth girl who is also the Devil's daughter, working for the park as an unpaid intern is a rewarding joke that keeps on giving. These ideas are successfully executed in the movie, but these original concepts don't quite overcome all the aspects of the movie that are unoriginal.
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