Warm Bodies

Theatrical Release: February 1, 2013
Warm Bodies


A funny twist on a classic love story, this is a tale about the power of human connection. After a zombie epidemic, R (a highly unusual zombie) encounters Julie (a human survivor), and rescues her from a zombie attack. Julie sees that R is different from the other zombies, and as the two form a special relationship in their struggle for survival, R becomes increasingly more human – setting off an exciting, romantic, and often comical chain of events that begins to transform the other zombies and maybe even the whole lifeless world

Dove Review

Take your pick: “Romeo and Juliet” or “Beauty and the Beast”. Those are basically the premises behind this zombie movie, a love story with a unique take. In a post-apocalyptic world the zombies are beginning to take over. One named “R” (he can’t remember his whole name) helps the other zombies kill humans and eat their flesh as they must do so of necessity to survive themselves, although they are no more than walking corpses without a heartbeat.

Then R meets Julie and, despite the fact he kills her boyfriend and eats his brains, he falls for Julie the moment he sees her and his heart actually begins to beat. R begins to become human with each passing day he is with Julie and she finds herself attracted to him and learns he is sorry for what he did but did it to survive. There are some genuinely funny moments in the movie, such as two zombies grunting to each other and understanding each other and Julie teaching R to remember how to drive a car.

Despite the humor this film is violent, with a bullet hole seen in a character after he is shot, zombies eating flesh and brains with blood on their mouths, and other violent moments. The language is strong too so for these reasons we are unable to award our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing between a couple; a photo of a couple kissing.
Language: J-4; G/OMG-7; F-1; S-7; H-6; B-1; A-1
Violence: Zombies eat flesh and brains and blood is seen on their mouths; bullet hole seen in a character's head; several people are shot and killed; punching and fighting; a car hits another car; a character is shot in the chest but survives; corpses are seen; a corpse with part of his stomach missing is seen; blood is wiped on some characters; characters are knocked out.
Drugs: Wine and beer is consumed.
Nudity: Cleavage; man in shower and chest is seen.
Other: A man lost his wife due to zombie violence and he wants to kill one that seems to be turning human; tension between a father and daughter.


Company: Summit Entertainment
Writer: Jonathan Levine & Isaac Marion
Director: Jonathan Levine
Producer: David Hoberman
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter