Life After Beth

Synopsis: A hike alone in the woods ends tragically for Beth Slocum with a fatal snake bite. Her death leaves her parents and boyfriend Zach reeling. After the funeral, Zach tries to make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Slocum, but even they reject him, and he's determined to figure out why. Then he sees Beth. Her parents are trying to keep her resurrection a secret, but zombie Beth provides Zach with the opportunity to do everything with her that he didn't get to do while she was still alive. But with Beth's increasingly erratic behavior and even more strange occurrences around town, life with the undead Beth proves to be particularly complicated for her still-living loved ones.
Director(s): Jeff Baena
Production: A24 and DIRECTV
  6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.6
Metacritic:
50
Rotten Tomatoes:
42%
R
Year:
2014
89 min
Website
372 Views

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(MUSIC PLAYING)

Can I help you find something, sir?

Um...

Yeah, do you have any black napkins?

I've been looking all over.

Black napkins. I don't think so.

If you don't like White,

this is a beige one.

They have to be black.

That's more of a Halloween item.

You might want to try a party store.

Hi.

Um...

You guys ran out last night so...

Oh, that was so thoughtful of you.

Thank you. Thank you. Come on in.

- Maury, how are you holding up?

- Hi. Uh...

- You know.

- Yeah.

Noah, come on in. Come on in.

WOMAN:
I just don't know what I would do.

I keep thinking about her sweet little face

in Mommy and Me.

Just the most perfect little girl.

- Beth... Just so dear.

- WOMAN:
No, of course not.

- MAN:
Is that turkey?

- It's turkey pastrami.

- Pastrami turkey?

- Yeah.

The pink one is turkey pastrami.

WOMAN:
Just the most

lovely baby of them all.

What a dear child.

It's hard to understand.

Zach, I'm so sorry.

Um...

Thank you, Mr. Levin.

She was a special girl.

JUDY:
Kyle, we're back.

- I'm gonna take a nap.

- NOAH:
Okay.

Hey. you okay?

Yeah, I'm fine.

How did it go?

What kind of a question is that?

Zachy.

I mean, is that really the problem?

Is it the garden or is it you guys?

(TALKING INDISTINCTLY)

NOAH:
Well, it's not just beaches there.

They have...

- it's islands. Two islands?

- There's mostly... Well, the Turks.

- And then, there's the Caicos.

- The Caicos.

We don't have to go to both.

We can just go to Turks.

You know what?

We don't have to decide tonight,

- but you'll think about it.

- JUDY:
You'll think about it.

NOAH:
We know it's been a tough time.

But Turks and Caicos?

KYLE:
I talked to Sam Hirsch today,

and he said, "The reason I've been..."

(CAR LOCK BEEPS)

PEARLINE:
I'm getting out of here.

MAURY:
Pearline, where are you going?

- Geenie gave you the day off.

- Don't go in there, Zachery.

Pearline!

- I'm never coming back.

- Can we please talk?

PEARLINE:
I've had enough, you see.

- Enough. No more...

- If this is a bad time, then I think...

Zach, can you believe this?

You want to come inside?

Yikes!

I just don't understand, you know.

- We gave her the day off.

- MAURY:
Right?

Now, of all times.

- It's just not like her.

- She's lost her mind clearly.

- GEENIE:
She can't leave us, not now.

- (STUTTERS)

She needs a break. I don't know.

Um, what are you doing here?

I'm just organizing Beth's stuff, you know.

- Her stuffed animals and...

- ZACH:
Oh, wow.

GEENIE:
Pictures.

I really didn't take enough pictures.

So foolish.

Eating Jell-O.

Oh, we used to eat Jell-O all the time

when Beth was little.

We ate a lot of Jell-O.

Yeah, we did.

I can't even focus anymore.

I'm a mess, Mr. Slocum.

You can call me Maury.

Okay.

(CHUCKLES)

Maury-

I think I have something

that might help us both.

Geenie's been keeping really busy

with all this cleaning.

(SIGHS) It's therapeutic, I guess.

And you still have your band, right?

Oh, we broke up. I mean, I left them.

Ah.

You know, I'll never play music again.

(SIGHS)

(INHALES)

(STAMMERING) Oh, I'm okay.

Come on.

- Well, I don't...

- Take it.

You're calling me Maury.

(CHUCKLES)

- Can I tell you something, Maury?

- Sure.

Beth and I were having troubles

before she...

I know.

She told me.

- Really?

- Look, the last time I spoke to her,

I was telling her

she had to go to the dentist,

and she told I was being annoying.

That's the last thing she said to me.

"Dad, you're being annoying."

Now, I could choose to remember that

for the rest of my life

as being emblematic

of my connection with my daughter.

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Jeff Baena

Jeff Baena (born June 29, 1977) is an American screenwriter and film director known for Life After Beth, Joshy, The Little Hours, and for co-writing I Heart Huckabees with David O. Russell. more…

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