Delightful but aimless, ZOMBIELAND's main attractions are not its zombies or even its goofy gore. It's the performances by 3 of the 4 leads: Woody in a role that fits him like skin, Jesse who's never been funnier (he's the Jewish Michael Cera, and dare I say a better actor) and a breakout turn by Emma Stone doing tough-but-vulnerable. It runs out of steam at the end, but is so good-natured that's ok. And when you think of it, it plays perfectly as a sequel to Night of the Comet. — Jeff Schultz

Gory fun and blissfully short, ZOMBIELAND is mostly a kick. Woody Harelson was born to play this role. Jesse Eisenberg plays neurotic like no one since Woody Allen. But the movie isn’t quite gross enough. After a great cameo, it slows to a crawl before ending with several bangs. But a visit to Zombieland is worth it. — Alan Yudman

Woody’s goofy zombie killer and Jesse’s deadpan delivery make Zombieland a destination worth checking out. While not up to Shaun of the Dead standards, ZL takes a clever simple premise and runs full speed with it. Thanks to THE best cameo of the year and the fitting finale of zombies at a funpark, you have to be dead to not get a kick out of this flick. — Stormy Curry

3 thoughts on “ZOMBIELAND

  1. Why are people so obsessed with calling Jesse Eisenberg the “Jewish Michael Cera”?

    Nobody seems to call Joseph Gordon-Levitt the “Jewish Heath Ledger”.

    Nobody calls Logan Lerman the “Jewish Zac Efron” (yes, I know Zac Efron is part Jewish, but something tells me that's not the reason).

    This habit of Jew-identification appears to be very inconsistent.


  2. For future reference:
    Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht, Halston Sage.

    Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.

    Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron.

    Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.


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