Rated R for horror violence/gore and language.
My Grade: A+
This is easily, handedly, is one of the best movies of the year. Easily in the top 2 or 3. Hell, I probably would put it second.
Zombieland takes place in a post-apocalyptic America where zombies have somehow taken over the country (possibly the world, we're not really told) we're not told how zombies came to be but it's possible that somewhere in this world's New York Will Smith has just lost his dog.
Columbus (everyone in this universe goes by the name of whatever town they are from and/or headed) is one of the few survivors and is a typical Michael Cera-ian college-aged loser moping around the country headed to his hometown in hopes that his parents have survived the apocalypse, he has made up a set of 30-some "rules" for surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (including keeping in shape (to out run the zombies), being aware of your surroundings and to wear your seatbelt) he runs into Tallahassee a self-appointed zombie hunter with a tough exterior but we learn a soft interior -much like the Twinkies he craves ("You might not believe it, but Twinkies do not do not last forever.") The two join forces for a time and then run into a pair sisters (Wichita and Little Rock) headed to LA to visit a theme park (the name for it is a place-holder/stand-in for Disneyland but the park itself looks more like Santa Monica Pier) to re-live girlhood innocence.
There's no real driving "plot" in this movie, they're not out to "cure" the zombies, or get to a cache of gold anywhere, they're just a group of interesting characters trying to survive in an insane world and how they all interact with one another and deal with their particular issues. Getting there is a lot of fun. A lot
of fun. Woody Harrelson is simply awesome in his role as Tallahassee and delivers a lot of laughs, and as mentioned up-thread there is a great cameo mid-way through this movie.
Go see this. You will not regret it.