ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP REVIEW
With Halloween around the corner and everyone looking for scary movies to watch, I knew I had to watch and review Zombieland: Double Tap. Scary? No. But it is my kind of zombie movie for sure! Is Zombieland: Double Tap ok for teens? Read the parent movie review to decide if yours can see this one at the movie theater. My answer might surprise you.
About Zombieland: Double Tap
A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer (Venom) and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick (Deadpool) for Zombieland 2: Double Tap. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
With the Director of Venom and the writers of Deadpool, you know this is going to be fun!
Runtime: 98 minutes
Zombieland: Double Tap Review
Before I watched Double Tap, I went back and ordered up the original Zombieland from 2009. You can get it on Amazon using this affiliate link for Zombieland 2009 and get caught up on the action if you haven’t seen this one yet.
Totally worth watching the old one before going into the sequel, folks! There were quite a few throwbacks to the original Zombieland that made the audience in the know howl with laughter. I was so glad I had a refresher prior to seeing the sequel.
So to answer that question: Yes, you should see Zombieland before watching Double Tap. You’ll be ok if you don’t, but it did bring out some additional laughs with this fresh in my mind.
That being said, was Zombieland: Double Tap outrageously inventive and new?
Nope, but that did not diminish my enjoyment of this escapist retreat to the zombie apocalypse. I liked this one as much – no, I’ll say MORE- than the original Zombieland.
Mindless (but not brainless as this has BRAAAINS galore plus a lot of smarts!) fun with fantastic pop culture references made this a great ride of a movie.
As long as you are not gore-averse, this was a really clever and entertaining 98 minutes worth of film.
With all the pop culture in this movie, it made for a great Zombieland: Double Tap spoilers without context post. Check it out- when you know, you’ll know!
This energized sequel was well worth paying full price for a Saturday night show. If you’re into zombies, that is. If that’s not your thing, well, I’d say the very title should shy you away from this one.
Don’t think too hard about this one; the jokes are mostly filled with crude language and trying to find new ways of killing zombies. But there is a bit more to this one because the story is really about family.
Whoa- nope- not a family-friendly movie! But they explore what happens when families grow up and grow apart. And when you package with an Academy Award-nominated cast, it’s a surprisingly winsome combination.
The cast is everything in this one and it’s an incredible reunion of sorts.
You have Woody Harrelson playing a clumsy and reluctant father-figure to Abigail Breslin. Breslin gets to pretty much be a whole new person since she’s absolutely aged out of the character she played in the original.
Jesse Eisenberg does his usual- I don’t know- Jesse Eisenberg-ness on the screen. Why does this work? I’ll never know but it does in every movie he’s in.
And then we have Emma Stone, queen of all the movies ever. I love you, Emma, and will watch anything you ever act in until the end of time.
When Can You Pee During Zombieland: Double Tap?
My vote is to go early if you gotta go! Since you won’t be taking little kids to this one and Double Tap is only 98 minutes long, I think most of us can make it through the whole movie without needing to run to the restroom.
But if you do, as I said, do it early.
After the 45 minute mark, I thought the movie ramped up in action and was worth staying in your seat for.
- 24 minutes in after they leave the White House garage
- 45 minutes in when they find The Beast at The Hound Dog Motel
Are There End Credit Scenes In Zombieland: Double Tap?
There are both mid-credit and end credit scenes in Double Tap.
Stay put until the very end.
You not only get 2 scenes, but you also get a little Woody Harrelson singing Elvis to you, which was worth reading credits anyway!
Zombieland: Double Tap Parent Movie Review
If you have teens, you know they are looking to see this one.
It’s Halloween-ish and the trailer looks funny and, well, you know how teens are.
Rated R- pfft!
In this case, I actually would give my older teens the go-ahead to watch Zombieland: Double Tap. As a reminder, I do NOT think kids of any age need to see Joker.
But hear me out about Double Tap.
This movie might be suitable for your teens:
- If they are already watching shows like The Walking Dead or have seen gore-filled movies before, then this one will be nothing new to them.
- If your teens are also allowed to hear lots and lots of language in their entertainment (hello, F-bombs galore!), again, this will not shock them.
There’s little by way of sex or even sexual jokes in this one. You do know that characters are sleeping together, but nudity and actual sexual acts are at a minimum here.
Characters are smoking weed and drinking alcohol as well. If that’s a no-go to watch on screen for your family, please be aware the laws in Zombieland appear to be pretty lax all around. Ahem.
I’d give this one a 14 and up rating in my house. I don’t think they *need* to see Zombieland: Double Tap, but I also don’t think it’s without some merit. Did any of you happen to listen to the podcast, Dirty John? One of the real-life actual people in this podcast share their survival story and credit the fact that she’s obsessed with Zombie films and shows to saving her life.
So, sure, I’ll let my kids watch and learn a little about how to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. You never know when it could come in handy in real life. (I’m kinda kidding here- but also kinda not. Listen to Dirty John!)
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.