The zombie romance. Many have attempted it. Life After Beth (2014) is probably the best, but still not great. The plot kind of wanders around without much structure, and although I don’t think monsters need to have set rules, some of the zombie characteristics just feel unexplored or random (attics? smooth jazz?).
It’s pretty funny though. And I like Beth’s resurrection as an allegory for a relationship that’s sort of working but sort of not.
Obviously Aubrey Plaza steals the screen as the disgusting-yet-still-beautiful zombie.
Aubrey [to Dane]: But you didn’t do the Asian part [of the TASM2 press] because you don’t like Asians… Jeff: I was gonna say that. We shouldn’t talk about that because it’s a whole other thing. It’s the time thing and that are the two biggest things with Dane… Jeff: No we all really got along. And then Dane would just start stuff all the time x
Aubrey Plaza and Dave Franco get to a nunnery in The Little Hours exclusive photos
Writer-director and Sundance favorite Jeff Baena (Life After Beth, Joshy) returns to Park City this year with the comedy The Little Hours, whose high caliber cast includes Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, and Adam Pally.
Brie, Plaza, and Micucci star as medieval nuns who lead a simple life in their convent. Their days are spent chafing at monastic routine, spying on one another, and berating the estate’s day laborer. After a particularly vicious insult session drives the peasant away, Father Tommasso (Reilly) brings on new hired hand Massetto (Franco), a virile young servant forced into hiding by his angry lord (Offerman). Introduced to the sisters as a deaf-mute to discourage temptation, Massetto struggles to maintain his cover as the repressed nunnery erupts in a whirlwind of pansexual horniness, substance abuse, and wicked revelry.
You can see exclusive images from The Little Hours, which premieres at Sundance on Jan. 19, below.