After going alone on a walk in the woods, Beth Slocum tragically dies due to a fatal snake bite. Her death sends her parents and boyfriend Zach into mourning, as they try desperately to find solace in each other. One night, Zac shows up to Mr. and Mrs. Slocum's house, only to be rejected and told to go away. Determined to figure out why, Zach sneaks around their home discovering that Beth is very much alive. It appears that Beth has been resurrected, with her parents attempting to keep her resurrection a secret. Zombie Beth gives Zach an opportunity to say and do the things he never would when she was alive, leading Zach to fall in love with her all over again. This of course is short-lived, as Beth's increasingly violent behavior becomes increasingly hard to live with for her loved ones. While Jeff Baena's Life After Death is a certainly a unique concept for a romantic comedy, it never lives up to its promise, delivering a tonally confused film that isn't nearly as funny or heartfelt as it should be. This is a film with tonal identity crisis, never capable of balancing its horror, drama, and comedy elements effectively. Life After Beth tries to create its own form of Zombie mythology - having a fascination with attics and anger issues, but it all is surprisingly uninteresting. Perhaps a big reason for this stems from the simple fact that Life After Beth is surprisingly unfunny, with jokes that are too few and far between to sustain its primary ambitions. Life After Beth is a film attempting to take advantage of Zombie genre popularity, but it never earns it, being a rather drab and uninteresting zombie rom-com.
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