A horror comedy loosely based on "Romeo and Juliet," about a zombie (Nicholas Hoult) who falls in love with a human (Teresa Palmer). Both zombies and humans object to the relationship but young love may conquer even living death and compulsive brain eating. Also with Robert Corddry, John Malkovich and Dave Franco. Directed by Jonathan Levine. [1.37]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - An elderly zombie woman wears a long, V-neck dress that reveals cleavage. Two human women wear tight tank tops that outline large bosoms and show cleavage. A woman wears cut-off shorts. Sitting on the edge of a bed at night with her back to the camera, a woman removes her sweater and jeans and we briefly see her wearing a bra and panties (most of her bare back is seen as she slides under the covers). In a shower scene close-up we see a man's bare back with two healing bullet wounds (one still red), and two old wounds on the upper chest, bare shoulders and arms.
► A man and a woman kiss while sitting in a car and both say, "I love you." A man and a woman hold hands several times and kiss three times. We see an old postcard featuring two people kissing.
► Several zombies gather around to look at a store window display of men and women holding hands; the hearts in three of their chests light up and they smile. A woman asks another woman if she's in love with a zombie and the second woman smiles. A woman puts make up on a male zombie and tells him he looks "hot" (sexy).
VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - A dozen zombies limp into a city and attack several men and women, knock them down and eat them with ripping sounds as we see blood in the zombies' mouths; a zombie bites a dead man in the throat and another in the forearm and we see blood flow until a woman with a rifle shoots three zombies several times and destroys them (no blood).
► A zombie tears flesh from his own face (only black soot is left and he has no blood). In several scenes, one zombie eats pieces of brain from a bag (the brain looks like a gray sponge); the last time he eats it, he spits it out and we see it splatter over his face and his chair. A skeleton eats a dead human on a fire escape landing and we see some blood around the human's throat; as the camera pans down, we hear ripping noises at street level and we see a hand fall onto a dumpster.
► In a flashback, a man and a woman with handguns confront 20 zombies in an alley: one zombie is the man's father, roaring and charging toward the son, who shoots him in the head off screen; we hear a loud shot and the scene ends, but we hear that the man lost his father in that event.
► A woman throws a knife into a zombie's chest; he pulls it out, unharmed. Four scenes feature soldiers firing at zombies and skeleton creatures and many of the paranormal "people" fall, destroyed, but without blood; one skeleton creature convulses slightly before he becomes totally inanimate. Many zombies decide to come into town and help the surviving humans; they smash several skeletons apart in a short fight, but there is no blood.
► A scene outside a city features many zombies fighting against skeletons, kicking and smashing their heads to destroy them; a close-up shows a zombie smashing two skeletons and saving a soldier, whom he helps up from the ground, and the zombies join ranks with soldiers and destroy many skeletons (they are shown falling to the ground, unmoving). A zombie and a woman fight and escape from skeletons that crash through a skylight in a commercial building, and they jump off a ledge and into a swimming pool (they are both unharmed); when they surface the zombie is shot and we see blood.
► In two airport scenes, a zombie saves a human woman by destroying a couple of skeletons with a metal table-leg and both times he wipes blood onto her cheek so she can pass as a zombie, tells her to "be dead" and she limps and growls; several zombies realize she is human, scowl and block her way out of the airport, but when they see the male zombie hold her hand, they make room for the couple to walk out (skeletons chase them, but fail to catch them).
► In a medical lab (please see the Substance Use category for more details), a zombie fights a man, using punches and kicks; the zombie is thrown back against a wall, unharmed, pounds the man's head into a concrete floor several times and we see a little blood. In a blurred dream sequence, we see two little boys fight and one receives a slightly bloody nose and smiles at the blood on his fingers as he touches his nose. A woman runs, screaming toward a glass wall in front of the camera and pounds on it.
► A woman points a knife at a zombie, but lowers it and they become friends; the camera takes us inside his chest where everything is black and gray, but the heart lights up red suddenly and beats once. A man meets a male zombie and puts a gun to his head, until a woman puts a gun to the man's back allowing another woman and the zombie to escape.
► Dozens of zombies of all ages limp around an abandoned airport in torn, grungy clothing while grunting, growling and muttering; they have pale faces with purple veins running down the neck and black or purple eye makeup and lipstick; we see some with red or dried brown blood around their mouth.
► Several roaring skeletons are seen and we hear that zombies ("corpses") will all be skeletons ("boneys") soon. We hear that the Earth suffered a zombie disaster and that many people were infected and turned to zombies; we see wrecked cars in abandoned streets, lots of meaningless graffiti, a street sign that says DEAD ZONE and demolished houses. We hear several times that zombies are destroyed by shooting them in the head. We hear that a general's wife turned into a zombie and he shot her in the head.
► In several night scenes we see convoys of military trucks, jeeps and foot soldiers with automatic rifles and flashlights patrolling city streets. Soldiers and volunteer militia made up of 20-something men and women carry automatic handguns and large caliber rifles in order to fight zombies. A background scene briefly depicts a burning city with tall flames. A man briefly plays a violent handheld video game in which soldiers shoot at a blurry shape in the distance. In a close-up, a woman loads and points a shotgun into the camera and the scene ends.
► A human woman and a male zombie argue because he ate her boyfriend (who had attacked him), and he says he is sorry. A woman argues with her father, a general, about how zombies are curing themselves. A man asks a male zombie if he is still bleeding and says, "Good" (we see some blood on the zombie's shoulder and chest and fingers). A human woman and a male zombie plan to fight skeletons together. A general orders troops to join forces with zombies to fight skeletons.
► At a barricade wall to a city, a few small charges explode in puffs of light and the wall falls straight down with a cloud of dust that passes quickly.
► A zombie learns to drive a high-powered car and while driving to an airport garage he runs into the empty car in front of him (no one is hurt). In an evacuated house, a zombie kicks open a door and finds food for his human companion.
► A soldier stops a woman from entering a city, checking her with a retinal scan to make sure she is not infected with the zombie virus. In a shower scene close-up we see a man's back with two healing bullet wounds (one still red), two old wounds on the upper chest.
PROFANITY 5 - At least 1 F-word, 4 scatological terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, weird, creepy, paranoid, lover boy, corpse, hoarder), stereotypical references to zombies, racial prejudice, end of the world disasters, military leaders, soldiers, conservatives, men, women, parents, families, the unemployed, 6 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - Volunteer soldiers take small boxes of pills and supplies from a medical or pharmacy stock room, a woman tosses a box of Prozac to a man and a woman and tells them it will cheer them up (no one swallows any drugs). Two men and a woman drink wine, a woman drinks a bottle of beer in an abandoned plane, two zombies sit at an old airport bar and we see broken wine and cocktail glasses covering the bar top, two male zombies appear to become intoxicated after eating human brains and as they eat (we see blurring dream sequences of pleasant thoughts extend out of their heads to fill the screen), and we see several empty beer cans on a ledge.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Paranormal events and zombies, disasters, racism, love, relationships, families, conflict, reconciliation, renewal.
MESSAGE - Love can change the world and cure zombies.