Zombieland: Double Tap

Year: 2019
Studio: Columbia
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Writer: Rhett Reese/Paul Wernick/Dave Callaham
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin, Zoey Deutsch, Rosario Dawson, Luke Wilson, Thomas Middleditch

Zombieland was a fun distraction with enough laughs to justify itself, but I don't know if anything about it warranted a sequel. Now, the sequel we have seems to bear that conclusion out.

When one of the most original ideas in the script is for Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) and Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) to meet their virtual doppelgangers, Albuquerque (Luke Wilson) and Flagstaff (Thomas Middleditch) for a mildly amusing scene that arrives and disappears just as quickly, your comedy is seriously wanting.

It's years after the zombie apocalypse and the erstwhile family consisting of the boys, Witchita (Emma Stone) and her sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) have holed up in the White House.

The dramatic driver of the story is that Columbus and Witchita's relationship is feeling sterile and Little Rock is growing up, not the little kid Tallahassee insists on treating her as.

So the girls hightail it in the middle of the night, leaving Columbus and Tallahassee alone and bereft. The boys move on, hooking up with a ditzy cheerleader type, Madison (Zooey Deutch) who falls in with them.

They take her back to the White House to live out their days, Columbus looking beyond Madison's irritating qualities while Tallahassee is driven mad by them, and Witchita returns to inform them Little Rock has taken off with a hippy to go and live in a peace and love commune. After as aside at an Elvis themed motel run by Nevada (Rosario Dawson), the entire group hotfoots it to the commune to join/rescue Little Rock as the case may be.

It's all a very flimsy plot to hang the action and laughs onto and as none of them do much to really stand out either, there's not much to recommend it at all. It feels like a rough treatment writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick spat out one weekend when the original became such a hit and then never had time to properly revisit thanks to all the adulation over writing Deadpool.

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