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It is only natural to be scared of zombies, and to prevent them from laying waste to your home. A more relaxing approach, however, is to be bored and vaguely annoyed by them, or, better still, not to notice them in the first place. This is the premise of Edgar Wright's British comedy, which may be responsible for kicking off a new and specialized genre of slacker horror. Shaun (Simon Pegg) lives a supremely uneventful life, which revolves around his girlfriend (Kate Ashfield), his mother (Penelope Wilton), and, above all, his local pub. This gentle routine is threatened when the dead return to life and make strenuous attempts to snack on ordinary Londoners. The finale, in which the pub turns into an Alamo, is the bloodiest, most orthodox, and least witty part of the movie; far sharper are the early scenes in which Shaun wanders happily to the local store along a battered, zombie-dotted street and pulps his attackers with a cricket bat. The central joke is so snappy and well sustained that you barely catch sight of the ominous vision on offer: a country that already feels like death. -Anthony Lane
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker
British horror/comedy Shaun of the Dead is a scream in all senses of the word. Brain-hungry zombies shamble through the streets of London, but all unambitious electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) cares about is his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield), who just dumped him. With the help of his slacker roommate Ed (Nick Frost), Shaun fights his way across town to rescue Liz, but the petty concerns of life keep getting in the way: When they're trying to use vinyl records to decapitate a pair of zombies, Shaun and Ed bicker about which bands deserve preservation--New Order they keep, but Sade becomes a lethal frisbee. Many zombie movies are comedies by accident, but Shaun of the Dead is deliberately and brilliantly funny, while still delivering a few delicious jolts of fear. Also featuring the stealthy comic presence of Bill Nighy (Love Actually) and some familar faces from The Office. --Bret Fetzer
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This is a great sleepover movie for teens or a nice dinner and a movie flick.
That is this movie. Shaun, a man who does not realize he is a failure is forced to face that fact after his girlfriend dumps him because he is not doing anything with his life. The zombies are the factor that kicks him in the butt and forces him to become the Hero that nobody wanted him to be.
It is a movie about choices. It is a movie about not listening to your girlfriend. I mean, really, why does he have to cure cancer or save the planet from zombies? Can't a person be happy just with three meals a day, a roof over the head, and some extra time and money to spend on themselves? Why must we all become a Hero? A General? A President? What's wrong with enjoying life? What's wrong with staying in on the weekend and watching a movie or playing on the game station or having some root beer and pizza instead of going out? Shaun wasn't a bad guy - he loved his girlfriend, tried to get along with his friends and, to my knowledge, didn't drown kittens.
Think about what you ask for, it may come true. Well, in this case what the girlfriend asks for. Great movie and teaches us a lesson about enjoying what we have and not trying to wish for change. Change just hurts you in the end. Don't trust it.