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YMMV: Zombieland
  • Acceptable Targets:
    • "Rule #1: Cardio." Columbus warns the viewer that being able to outrun zombies is a survival skill and that "the fatties" fell first due to being out of shape.
    • "I'm in Garland, Texas. It may look like the zombies destroyed it, but that's actually just Garland."
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Arguably, the Big Four are all dealing with the zombie apocalypse and the resulting tragedy in their own way. Tallahassee is all about killing zombies in creative ways so he doesn't have to think about his son being horribly killed. Wichita screws over the guys repeatedly because she doesn't want to deal with all the death. Little Rock is adamant about getting to Pacific Playland so she doesn't have to deal with the fact that everyone she knows is dead, other than Wichita (and Wichita is just trying to make her happy so she has a goal to focus on). And Columbus? Well, Columbus is actually kind of normal. Maybe repressing.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Columbus really takes accidentally killing Bill Murray in his stride, and Tallahassee seems to get over the death of his idol fairly quickly. Then again, so does Murray. Might be related to surviving a zombie apocalypse.
  • Award Snub: For the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, Jesse Eisenberg is nominated for "Best Frightened Performance" — but Woody Harrelson was not nominated for "Most Badass Performance"! Instead, Angelina Jolie was nominated for Salt, a movie that hadn't even premiered yet!
  • Crazy Awesome: Tallahassee is the patron saint of this trope and his face formerly graced its page.
  • Critical Research Failure: Wichita says that Anaconda was the first R rated film she saw. Anaconda is PG-13.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • The whole thing, but especially when Columbus bashes the clown's head in and his rubber nose squeaks.
    • The revelation that Tallahassee lost his only son being followed by "I haven't cried like that since Titanic".
      • And then drying his tears with a stack of hundred dollar bills.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Unsurprisingly, Mexican audiences laughed pretty darn hard when Tallahassee comments "In Mexico, you know what they call Twinkies? 'Los submarinos.'" It's totally true! And there's various flavors too!
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Hostess, makers of Tallahassee's beloved Twinkies, may not survive long enough to see a zombie apocalypse.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "The Rules" were everywhere for a while.
    • Also, whatever city you live in/would head for once the Zombie Apocalypse hits is your official "Zombieland name".
    • Tallahassee drying his eyes on a handful of banknotes is often used on the internet as a .gif reaction image for mitigating one's sadness with your overwhelming good fortune.
  • Narm: Wichita's statement that Bill Murray has a "direct line to my funny bone" is an incredibly awkward statement to be coming from a modern teenaged girl.
  • Nausea Fuel: Zombie dribble.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker, a sweet old lady who drops a piano on a zombie for Zombie Kill of the Week. Six seconds of screentime, and one of the most memorable scenes of the movie.
  • Pair the Spares: This usually happens in fanfiction, with Tallahassee being paired with an aged up Little Rock.
  • Periphery Demographic: For a zombie horror-comedy (and so, marketed to a male audience) this movie has a very large female fanbase; good character development for the balanced core cast and the Adorkable male leads probably contributed.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To Left 4 Dead in a lot of respects. To Dead Rising in others, especially to how most players approached that game as a means of finding the most unique way to kill zombies.
  • Too Cool to Live: Tallahassee subverts this, but Bill Murray does not

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