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Shaun of the Dead

Released: 2004

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 1 hr 39 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran

Slackers try to survive as zombies take over London.

Hilarious Brit horror-comedy.

Review by: MiamiMovieCritic

Added: 8 years ago

Flesh-eating zombies and apathetic Londoners blend seamlessly in a casually apocalyptic metropolis in this hilarious Brit horror-comedy. Shaun (Simon Pegg, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Edgar Wright) is an aimless twentysomething professional working a dead-end job and losing his ready-for-commitment girlfriend (a tart Kate Ashfield). Worse, his roommate (a scene-stealing Nick Frost) is a lazy, unemployable mooch tempting Shaun to play video games during the day and drink at the pub at night. His troubles multiply when zombies start trudging up the neighborhood streets and driveways, and of course it’s up to Shaun to save the day.

Wright’s cleverly executed direction really nails the satirical aspirations of his screenplay, which argues that zombies already exist in the soulless day-to-day monotony of modern capitalism. The film piles on the gore in the last 20 minutes and it’s ultimately not for the squeamish. But Pegg’s physical comedy is disarming, lending a breezy streak to the nightmarish proceedings. Shaun of the Dead is another socially relevant cult classic in the tradition of Donnie Darko.

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