Warm Bodies
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2

Nicolas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich. Romantic zombie comedy. Screenplay by JONATHAN LEVINE. Directed by JONATHAN LEVINE.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A funny new twist on a classic love story, Warm Bodies is a poignant tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world.

PREVIEW REVIEW:Is it a parable? Is it a life lesson about finding and appreciating something in those different than ourselves? That might be giving this teen romantic action thriller comedy more credit than it deserves. Still, those questions can be raised as you leave the theater.

Borrowing story elements from Bill Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) and feeding on the zombie craze that evidently is here to stay, much like Hip Hop music and “Dude” vocabulary, Warm Bodies has some funny moments, a few great lines, and it even goes so far as to mock its own demographic (cell phones and texting are really all about ignoring those around you).

The leads are appealing (boy, can Ms. Palmer run), and the film answers the question, “Why do zombies eat brains?” There are a couple of gross-out scenes (brains being eaten), but mostly the film avoids R-rated graphicness (I said, mostly). It has its share of running until there’s nowhere to run, then our fleeing heroes turn and fight these things called “bonies” (zombies have dwindled down to skeleton forms with super-powers).

Only problem for me is the misuse of Christ’s name from time to time, mostly from the heroine, as the zombie hero has trouble mounting a simple declarative sentence, so you know he’s not much into exclamations. “Jesus” is now replacing the s-word, which was the new darn it. The name of the Son of God has little meaning to those who utter it in films. Few critics or audience members are still bothered by it. Still annoys me. How about you?

Other than that, I found it more entertaining than expected.

TRIVIA: I have a favorite zombie setup and punch line delivered by Richard Carlson and Bob Hope in an old film most teens have never heard of – The Ghost Breakers. It’s not the political satire of the line I’m attempting to spotlight here, but merely Mr. Hope’s delivery. It’s a fun film to watch with your grandparents (hey, they’d like watching a film with grandchildren, if given the chance).

"...A zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly, with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring."

"You mean like Democrats?"

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: Six or so obscenities, mostly the s-word.
Profanity: Four profane uses of Jesus name, mostly by the female lead and the expression “Oh my God” is uttered several times.
Violence: Shootings by those chased by mindless flesh eaters and people biting by said mindless flesh eaters.
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None, though we see the girl removing her outer layer of clothing, soaked by the rain.
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Up

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