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'Life After Beth' suffers a slow comedic death from repetition
'Life After Beth' suffers a slow comedic death from repetition

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when your girlfriend has gone to the trouble of coming back from the dead. That's the jokey zom-com premise that almost animates "Life After Beth," the directing debut of "I Heart Huckabees" co-writer Jeff Baena. Stars Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan are game, as is the lineup of mostly wasted supporting actors. But what might have been a snappy short is interminable at feature length, the mayhem-in-suburbia conceit generating few laughs as it stomps along. DeHaan is sweetly mopey as high-schooler Zach, whose parents (Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser) just want him to get over it already — "it" being the death by...

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