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Warm Bodies

Released

Latest Home Video

Jun 04, 2013

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

98

Director

Jonathan Levine

Cast

Nicholas Hoult

Teresa Palmer

John Malkovich

Dave Franco

Studio

2013 Summit Entertainment

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Still shot from the movie: Warm Bodies.

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OverallC+
ViolenceC-
SexB
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholB-
Run Time98

Making the Grades

What has the world of romance come to when vampires, werewolves and zombies have become the objects of girls’ desires? Can’t a regular guy cut it anymore when it comes to love?

If Warm Bodies is any indication of what girls really want in a boyfriend, then men are approaching romance in all the wrong ways. Forget the flowers, the chocolates, dinner or long walks on the beach and take a lesson in wooing from R (Nicholas Hoult). He’s a conflicted zombie who gets his girl by grunting, groping, dragging his feet and eating the brains of her dead boyfriend (Dave Franco).

Before meeting Julie (Teresa Palmer), R lumbers around a deserted airport concourse with the rest of the undead who’ve been locked outside the walls protecting the last surviving humans of an apocalyptic disaster. When opportunity arises, he lunches on mortals, preferring to dine on their brains, which gives him their memories.

After stumbling upon a group of young adult soldiers outside the safety zone, R makes a quick meal of Julie’s halfhearted boyfriend. Glimpses of hot and heavy kissing between the couple are seemingly all it takes for R to be instantly smitten with the feisty, gun-toting blonde. Smearing blood on her face to conceal her human smell, R tows Julie back to his bachelor’s pad inside an abandoned jet where he clumsily attempts to alleviate her fears of being eaten.

Meanwhile Julie’s father (John Malkovich) launches a search party to find his daughter, but by the time the tanks and armed soldiers roll down the street where R and Julie are hiding in a suburban home, she has succumbed to love—or the Stockholm Syndrome. Since the movie is a lowbrow adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, viewers will likely side with love rather than the mental disorder.

Despite the outcomes of past encounters with the flesheaters, Julie is convinced the lurching, pale-skinned corpse is becoming more humanlike—as are the rest of the zombies. If the idea seems laughable that’s good because this is after all a rom-com (releasing just in time for Valentines Day). And while many of the gruesome aspects of the undead are played for humor, some depictions of blood-covered jowls, close range gunshots, brain consumption and a knife in the chest fail to be funny.

Yet unlike so many scripts where the good girl brings the wild boy home to a disapproving father, the living characters in Warm Bodies have a profound and positive change on the walking dead instead of the other way around. Love, acceptance and a human connection appear to be all these bloodless beings need to restart the plasma and platelets flowing in their veins.

While Warm Bodies might be a notch up from most zombie movies, don’t expect this lifeless version of Romeo and Juliet to replace the Bard’s own words.

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Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Warm Bodies.

How does R view human connection after becoming a zombie? What does he think humans were like before the apocalypse? How does the movie portray people interacting (or not interacting) with each other in the airport? How important do you think human connections are?

Julie believes that the zombies can be healed. What do you think would heal our society?

What do you think attracts Julie to R?

Warm Bodies is based on the novel by Isaac Marion.

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Shakespeare’s romantic tale of star-crossed lovers has been adapted into other screenplays too, including Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet and the story of feuding garden decorations Gnomeo and Juliet. Love affairs between humans and typically horror characters are also depicted in The Twilight Saga.

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Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence. Coarse Language.
AB 14A Violence.
MB 14A Violence, Disturbing Content.
ON PG Violence, Language May Offend.
QC 13+
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Warm Bodies...

Home Video Notes: Warm Bodies

Release Date: 4 June 2013

Warm Bodies releases to home video (Blu-ray/Digital Copy/UltraViolet) with the following extras:

Featurettes:

- Boy Meets, ER, Doesn’t Eat Girl

- R&J

- A Little Less Dead

- Extreme Zombie Make-Over!

- A Wreck in Progress

- Bustin Caps

-Beware of The Boneys

-Whimsical Sweetness: Teresa Palmer’s Warm Bodies Home Movies

- Zombie Acting Tips with Rob Corddry

- Audio Commentary with Director Jonathon Levine and Actors Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer

- Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary with Screenwriter/Director Jonathan Levine

- Gag Reel: Shrug and Groan

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WorriedMomma says: Feb. 09, 2013

I am a worried mom, of course but is this movie really OK for my 14 year old daughter? I am very afraid that my daughter will do drugs or commit suicide!? None of these reviews help.
Thank you

Rod Gustafson says: Feb. 09, 2013

There are no depictions of suicide or drug use in this film however if your teen is as “at risk” as you say I would suggest seeing the film first for yourself or going with her. The film is slightly better than others in the genre in that the female protagonist does continue to push for a relationship with her father even though the two of them highly disagree on how to deal with zombies. That being said it still is a dark “comedy” with some gory moments. Bottom line: No movie is worth your daughter’s mental health.

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