History Film / Zombieland

18th Sep '17 12:02:27 AM Maniago
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* KeyConfusion: The movie opens with Columbus demonstrating several of the tips he had been relaying while trying to unlock a car, such as the importance of cardio that allows him to do a loop after the initial fumble to evade the pursuing zombies so he can come back and try again instead of dying at the door.
5th Sep '17 1:19:10 PM Josef5678
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* ActionSurvivor: Every character. It is a zombie flick after all. Columbus is the stand-out though, as a VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft-playing dork who managed to be one of the last surviving people on earth just by [[ProperlyParanoid having a lot of (now-justified) phobias]]. The only exception being Tallahassee, who was a badass to begin with.

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* ActionSurvivor: Every character. It is a zombie flick after all. Columbus is the stand-out though, as a VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft-playing ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''-playing dork who managed to be one of the last surviving people on earth just by [[ProperlyParanoid having a lot of (now-justified) phobias]]. The only exception being Tallahassee, who was a badass to begin with.



* BoringButPractical: Columbus' weapon of choice is a basic side-by-side shotgun. No complex parts or operation, simple to reload, and clearing a jam or misfire is as easy as flipping a switch to operate the break-open action. But the fact that it runs out of ammo so fast is played for laughs and almost gets him killed, so not very practical.

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* BoringButPractical: Columbus' Columbus's weapon of choice is a basic side-by-side shotgun. No complex parts or operation, simple to reload, and clearing a jam or misfire is as easy as flipping a switch to operate the break-open action. But the fact that it runs out of ammo so fast is played for laughs and almost gets him killed, so not very practical.



** As Columbus explains his rule about bathrooms, we encounter a man finding out the hard way that no place is safe from zombies - not even the stall.
*** This is doubly so when you later realize that this is the same person that got [[spoiler: scammed by Wichita and Little Rock earlier in the "lost my ring" bit]].
** When Columbus[[spoiler:' next-door neighbor turns on him in his apartment]] he is forced to brain her with the tank lid of his toilet.

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** As Columbus explains his rule about bathrooms, we encounter a man finding out the hard way that no place is safe from zombies - not even the stall.
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stall. This is doubly so when you later realize that this is the same person that got [[spoiler: scammed by Wichita and Little Rock earlier in the "lost my ring" bit]].
** When Columbus[[spoiler:' Columbus[[spoiler:'s next-door neighbor turns on him in his apartment]] he is forced to brain her with the tank lid of his toilet.



* DoubleTap: Rule #2 on Colombus' list. Being stingy with ammo is not good for survival.

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* DoubleTap: Rule #2 on Colombus' Columbus's list. Being stingy with ammo is not good for survival.



** Columbus when he first meets Wichita and says "Someone's ear is in danger of having hair brushed over it." [[spoiler:He does exactly that after rescuing her and Little Rock at Pacific Playland, right before he and Wichita share their BigDamnKiss.]]

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** Columbus says when he first meets Wichita and says "Someone's ear is in danger of having hair brushed over it." [[spoiler:He does exactly that after rescuing her and Little Rock at Pacific Playland, right before he and Wichita share their BigDamnKiss.]]



* ImprovisedWeapon: A banjo, hedge clippers, [[ToyotaTripwire car doors]], normal doors, toilet seat covers, a toilet cistern lid, a piano... even a ''carnival ride''. The banjo gets bonus points - Tallahassee plays "[[{{Deliverance}} Dueling Banjos]]" to attract a zombie before braining said zombie with it.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: A banjo, hedge clippers, [[ToyotaTripwire car doors]], normal doors, toilet seat covers, a toilet cistern lid, a piano... even a ''carnival ride''. The banjo gets bonus points - Tallahassee plays "[[{{Deliverance}} "[[Film/{{Deliverance}} Dueling Banjos]]" to attract a zombie before braining said zombie with it.



** Tallahassee makes a silent gesture to Wichita to indicate to her that she just [[spoiler:crushed Columbus' hopes of finding his parents safe]], and that it was a crummy thing to do to him. He also warms up a bit to Columbus and starts to form something of an attachment to Little Rock as the film goes on.
-->"I haven't cried like that since ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''!" And then he dries his eyes with money.

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** Tallahassee makes a silent gesture to Wichita to indicate to her that she just [[spoiler:crushed Columbus' Columbus's hopes of finding his parents safe]], and that it was a crummy thing to do to him. He also warms up a bit to Columbus and starts to form something of an attachment to Little Rock as the film goes on.
-->"I --->"I haven't cried like that since ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}''!" And then he dries his eyes with money.



* LampshadeHanging: Gleefully and repeatedly peppered throughout. The movie takes as many chances to recognize zombie movie tropes as possible, best represented by Colombus' list - rules like "double tap" and "cardio" are all meant to prevent cheap zombie movie deaths.
* TheLastManHeardAKnock: Columbus starts the movie believing himself to possibly be the last person alive. Then he sees Tallahassee's truck plowing through abandoned cars on the highway.
** And then inverted later when they stumble across the mansion of [[spoiler: Bill ''Fucking'' Murray]], who had been having a pretty comfortable life as one of the last uninfected humans in Bevery Hills.

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* LampshadeHanging: Gleefully and repeatedly peppered throughout. The movie takes as many chances to recognize zombie movie tropes as possible, best represented by Colombus' Colombus's list - rules like "double tap" and "cardio" are all meant to prevent cheap zombie movie deaths.
* TheLastManHeardAKnock: TheLastManHeardAKnock:
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Columbus starts the movie believing himself to possibly be the last person alive. Then he sees Tallahassee's truck plowing through abandoned cars on the highway.
** And then inverted later Inverted when they stumble across the mansion of [[spoiler: Bill ''Fucking'' Murray]], who had been having a pretty comfortable life as one of the last uninfected humans in Bevery Beverly Hills.



* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Bill Murray]] is surprisingly chill for a guy who just took a shotgun shot to the chest [[spoiler:He ''had'' just smoked a bunch of weed with Wichita and Tallahassee]].

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Bill Murray]] is surprisingly chill for a guy who just took a shotgun shot to the chest chest. [[spoiler:He ''had'' just smoked a bunch of weed with Wichita and Tallahassee]].



* NeverBeAHero: One of Columbus' biggest rules -- don't risk your own life just to make yourself look good. [[spoiler:He eventually breaks this rule in the end]].

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* NeverBeAHero: One of Columbus' Columbus's biggest rules -- don't risk your own life just to make yourself look good. [[spoiler:He eventually breaks this rule in the end]].



* NobodyPoops: Averted. One of Columbus's rules to "Beware Of Bathrooms", as demonstrated when a man sitting on a toilet is attacked.

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* NobodyPoops: NobodyPoops:
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Averted. One of Columbus's rules to "Beware Of Bathrooms", as demonstrated when a man sitting on a toilet is attacked.



** The girl who used to live in Columbus' building [[spoiler:before she became a zombie]] who Columbus refers to as '406' for her apartment number.

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** The girl who used to live in Columbus' Columbus's building [[spoiler:before she became a zombie]] who Columbus refers to as '406' for her apartment number.



* PaintingTheMedium:
** The "Rules" captions and the opening credits are sent flying by debris and people fleeing the zombies.

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* PaintingTheMedium:
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PaintingTheMedium: The "Rules" captions and the opening credits are sent flying by debris and people fleeing the zombies.



* RoadTripPlot: A post zombie-holocaust RoadTripPlot, no less. The group travels around with the intent of finding Colombus' parents. By the end, they've more-or-less given this up as Colombus accepts that they're probably dead, and his new family is pretty good as it is.

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* RoadTripPlot: A post zombie-holocaust RoadTripPlot, no less. The group travels around with the intent of finding Colombus' Columbus's parents. By the end, they've more-or-less given this up as Colombus Columbus accepts that they're probably dead, and his new family is pretty good as it is.



* ShoutOut: Tallahassee plays a few notes of the {{Deliverance}} music as bait for a redneck zombie, which he then dispatches with a cry of "You got a purty mouth!" Also, the Gas n' Gulp may be a reference to the iconic gas chain in ''The Simpsons''.

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* ShoutOut: Tallahassee plays a few notes of the {{Deliverance}} Film/{{Deliverance}} music as bait for a redneck zombie, which he then dispatches with a cry of "You got a purty mouth!" Also, the Gas n' Gulp may be a reference to the iconic gas chain in ''The Simpsons''.



** [[ItMakesSenseInContext See! I told you we should have gone to]] RussellCrowe's [[ItMakesSenseInContext house!]]

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** [[ItMakesSenseInContext See! I told you we should have gone to]] RussellCrowe's Creator/RussellCrowe's [[ItMakesSenseInContext house!]]



* TooDumbToLive: You're in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse, and you pretend to be a zombie to scare the twitchy guy armed with a shotgun? Really, [[spoiler: Creator/BillMurray]]? Okay, he was high, and the others (also high) were goading him on, but still.
** Of course, getting high during a ZombieApocalypse is this trope in and of itself.

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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You're in the middle of a ZombieApocalypse, and you pretend to be a zombie to scare the twitchy guy armed with a shotgun? Really, [[spoiler: Creator/BillMurray]]? Really,
[[spoiler:Creator/BillMurray]]?
Okay, he was high, and the others (also high) were goading him on, but still.
** Of course,
still, getting high during a ZombieApocalypse is this trope in and of itself.



** Columbus' double-barrel 12 gauge shotgun.

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** Columbus' Columbus's double-barrel 12 gauge shotgun.



** Played hilariously with [[spoiler:406, Columbus' neighbor]], whom he lets into his apartment early on in an attempt to finally get close to a woman.

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** Played hilariously with [[spoiler:406, Columbus' Columbus's neighbor]], whom he lets into his apartment early on in an attempt to finally get close to a woman.
31st Aug '17 11:16:23 AM HalcyonDayz
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** Slightly subverted. Wichita and Little Rock steal the SUVs used by Columbus and Tallahassee twice [[spoiler:and it looks like they'll do it a third time, but it's a joke.]]

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** Slightly subverted. Wichita and Little Rock steal the SUVs [=SUVs=] used by Columbus and Tallahassee twice [[spoiler:and it looks like they'll do it a third time, but it's a joke.]]
10th Aug '17 3:14:43 AM JackDavid
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* HypocriticalHumor: Tallahassee's "Thank ''god'' for rednecks!" one-liner. Seeing as he's a man with a Southern accent, was introduced driving an SUV with a dozer blade rigged to the front, paints Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR number on each car he drives, and, of course, has a love of all things that shoot, he doesn't have much room to speak.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Tallahassee's "Thank ''god'' for rednecks!" one-liner. Seeing as he's a man with a Southern accent, was introduced driving an SUV with a dozer blade rigged to the front, paints Dale Earnhardt's NASCAR number on each car he drives, and, of course, has a love of all things that shoot, he doesn't have much room to speak. Although in his defense, he could be praising other rednecks other than himself.



** Oddly enough, even though these are supposed to be [[TechnicallyLivingZombie Technically Living Zombies]] there are scenes demonstrating that they are as durable as undead zombies, eg. the zombie cop that gets back up despite being shot centre mass and the zombie on fire that's still moving. So it's possible that these zombies only become undead in the later stages of the infection.



* TechnicallyLivingZombie: The zombies aren't dead, so the characters aim for center mass most of the time instead of headshots. For instance, [[spoiler:406]] gets bashed with a toilet lid.

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* TechnicallyLivingZombie: The zombies aren't dead, so the characters aim for center mass most of the time instead of headshots. For instance, [[spoiler:406]] gets bashed with a toilet lid. Played with, as some of the zombies in this movie display feats that show them to be as durable as undead zombies.
5th Aug '17 4:37:32 AM axle-k89
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* CensorshipBySpelling: After Wichita and Little Rock make off with Tallahassee's Escalade, Wichita interrupts Little Rock sating she would like a shower before she can finish saying it, saying "Do not say S-H-O-W-E-R, OK?"


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* ChewingTheScenery: Tallahassee does it when [[spoiler:he meets Bill Murray in the latter's mansion]]: "GODDAMN IT! [[spoiler:BILL FUCKING MURRAY!]] I had to let that out."


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* GolfClubbing: Wichita whacks [[spoiler:Bill Murray]] with one when she first sees him, [[spoiler:thinking he's a zombie due to his get-up. She apologises afterwards when he reveals he's still human.]]
22nd Jul '17 3:32:14 AM axle-k89
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* ChandelierSwing: Referenced by Tallahassee when he says he's going to find a new home, where, in his words, he may skinny-dip in the Yellowstone River or swing from the chandeliers in the Playboy Mansion.



* DeathGlare: After Tallahassee says that Pacific Playland "totally blows", Wichita gives him one. He has a VerbalBackspace seconds later.



* TheDoorSlamsYou: [[spoiler:Columbus does this in the 406 flashback, where he breaks her ankle by repeatedly slamming a door on it.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The woman in Columbus's fake sexual encounter was named Beverly Hills. Guess where the quartet of heroes ends up later?

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
** Columbus mentions early on he's more scared of clowns than anything else. [[spoiler:He gets confronted with a zombie clown in the climax, blocking his way to Wichita and Little Rock, and chooses to break one of his own rules, attacking the clown and saving the girls.]]
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The woman in Columbus's fake sexual encounter was named Beverly Hills. Guess where the quartet of heroes ends up later?



** Tallahassee makes a silent gesture to Wichita to indicate to her that she just [[spoiler:crushed Columbus' hopes of finding his parents safe]], and that it was a crummy thing to do to him. He also starts to form something of an attachment to Little Rock as the film goes on.

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** Tallahassee makes a silent gesture to Wichita to indicate to her that she just [[spoiler:crushed Columbus' hopes of finding his parents safe]], and that it was a crummy thing to do to him. He also warms up a bit to Columbus and starts to form something of an attachment to Little Rock as the film goes on.



* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Subverted. It's bad enough that Columbus shot a box of what is possibly the final box of twinkies in the world right in front of Tallahassee, but immediately after that, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Wichita and Little Rock drive away in their Cadillac!]] [[RunningGag Again!]] [[JerkAss AFTER THEY WERE SAVED BY THEM!]] But they were just kidding. [[ThrowTheDogABone They even throw him a Twinkie]]]].

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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler:Subverted. It's bad enough that Columbus shot a box of what is possibly the final box of twinkies Twinkies in the world right in front of Tallahassee, but immediately after that, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Wichita and Little Rock drive away in their Cadillac!]] [[RunningGag Again!]] [[JerkAss AFTER THEY WERE SAVED BY THEM!]] But they were just kidding. [[ThrowTheDogABone They even throw him a Twinkie]]]].



* MexicanStandoff: One occurs in a car when Tallahasee aims his rifle at Little Rock and Wichita aims a pistol at Tallahasee.

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* MexicanStandoff: One occurs in a car when Tallahasee aims his rifle at Little Rock and Wichita aims a pistol at Tallahasee.Tallahassee. Columbus snaps and calls the others out, saying they have bigger things to worry about, which more or less sets them straight.



* MissingMom: [[spoiler:When it's revealed Buck was actually Tallahassee's son, we get no word of what happened to Buck's mother.]]



* NobodyPoops: Averted. One of Columbus's rules to "Beware Of Bathrooms", as demonstrated when a man sitting on a toilet is attacked.
** Columbus also mentions early on that he has irritable bowel syndrome, finding a place to go number two, and later SearchingTheStalls in a restroom to check it's safe to use.



* OhCrap: The girls, when they notice the hordes of zombies approaching the theme park.

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* OhCrap: The girls, when they notice the hordes of zombies approaching the theme park.



** Columbus when he drives off after evading the zombies in the Garland parking lot, and another zombie attacks from the backseat.
** [[spoiler:Columbus when the zombified 406 attacks him.]]
** Tallahassee has a brief one when Wichita and Little Rock get the drop on them the second time: "Don't kill me with my own gun!"
** The girls, when they notice the hordes of zombies approaching Pacific Playland.
** Columbus in Pacific Playland when some of the zombies come after him.
** Columbus has another one later when he sees [[spoiler:the clown zombie. It diminishes after he pulls a LetsGetDangerous and attacks the clown.]]



* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the main promotional pictures and trailer shots for a while was the [[spoiler:zombie clown]], ruining that, and a look at the extremely small cast list ruins the big cameo.



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Buck was not Tallahassee's puppy. Buck was his young son.]]



* TheSouthpaw : Tallahassee, except when he's DualWielding.

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* TheSouthpaw : TheSouthpaw: Tallahassee, except when he's DualWielding.


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* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One of the main promotional pictures and trailer shots for a while was the [[spoiler:zombie clown]], ruining that, and a look at the extremely small cast list ruins the big cameo.


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* WomenAreWiser: Columbus references the trope when Little Rock gets the drop on him, saying that girls mature faster than boys, and that Little Rock was way ahead of where Columbus was when he was twelve.
26th May '17 8:54:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Leitmotif}}:
** Not a complete one, but the bell sound from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" can be heard in pivotal scenes.
** Before the characters go into the grocery store, it sounds like a motif from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is playing in the background.

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* {{Leitmotif}}:
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{{Leitmotif}}: Not a complete one, but the bell sound from "For Whom The Bell Tolls" can be heard in pivotal scenes.
** Before the characters go into the grocery store, it sounds like a motif from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is playing in the background.
scenes.
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* {{Cameo}}: See AsHimself, but potential straight cameos include Tom Cruise and Demi Moore amongst the zombie horde, though there's been no confirmation.

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* {{Cameo}}: See AsHimself, but potential straight cameos include Tom Cruise and Demi Moore amongst Bill Murray shows up AsHimself in a cameo that was kept secret before the zombie horde, though there's been no confirmation.release of the film.
12th May '17 7:41:23 AM PehesIII
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* TheSouthpaw : Tallahassee, except when he's DualWielding.
2nd Jan '17 2:35:43 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ActionSurvivor: Every character. It is a zombie flick after all. Columbus is the stand-out though, as a VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft-playing dork who managed to be one of the last surviving people on earth just by [[ProperlyParanoid having a lot of (now-justified) phobias]]. The only exception being Tallahassee, who was a {{Badass}} to begin with.

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* ActionSurvivor: Every character. It is a zombie flick after all. Columbus is the stand-out though, as a VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft-playing dork who managed to be one of the last surviving people on earth just by [[ProperlyParanoid having a lot of (now-justified) phobias]]. The only exception being Tallahassee, who was a {{Badass}} badass to begin with.
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