Mike at the Movies: Zombieland – Double Tap

Zombieland: Double Tap (R)

I loved the first entry in this franchise, and this one may be even funnier. Yes, a zombie movie that is screamingly funny. Leave your sensitivity at home—the movie is splatteringly violent, obscene at times, tender at times, but always funny.

First, don’t take the zombies seriously: The cast does, but you don’t have to. The violent ends the zombies suffer are horribly awful, but funny—they don’t even have real blood. There are also so many of them! It isn’t possible that Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita and Little Rock, not
to mention Berkeley, can survive them.

But they do, thanks to imagination, luck, last-second rescues—did I mention Nevada?—and luck.

Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), Wichita (Emma Stone) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenburg) have found themselves living in the White House, and they find Madison (Zoey Deutch). Columbus more than welcomes her into the gang. Romantic mayhem ensues, complete with hookups and jealousy. All this time the gang has to take time to fight off various zombie attacks, but all of them want to move on, out of the White House, as serious a mistake as that may be.

This is a madcap comedy, so the unexpected becomes the rule. Emma Stone is seriously gorgeous as well as funny, as is Zoey Deutch as the intellectually short-handed Madison. Her malapropisms and general confusion, mixed with her daffy-blond character, had the audience laughing almost before she said anything. Rosario Dawson, as Nevada, enters late but has a romping good time with her part as the custodian of an Elvis Museum, and bit parts are played by Luke Wilson, Bill Murray (who has a very funny scene during the credits) and Thomas Middleditch.

As I said earlier, check your sensitivity at the door and don’t expect a normal zombie movie: This ain’t it! But you may not see a funnier, wittier, cleverer comedy all year.

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