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Burying the Ex (2014) – Rated R
“When Max (Yelchin) learns that his new live-in girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene) is controlling and manipulative, he is afraid to end the relationship. However, fate occurs and Evelyn is killed in a freak accident. A couple months have passed and Max meets his dream girl, Olivia (Daddario). The new romance gets tricky when Evelyn comes back from the grave and insists on continuing their once relationship by all means.”
Joe Dante does not direct films very often. When he does, they often involve horror and comedy – two great tastes that don’t always work well together. He cut his teeth on making trailers back in the Roger Corman days and, together with John Landis, runs the wonderful Trailers from Hell website. New trailers with expert commentary arrive Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and each week is themed.
He directed the best Jaws ripoff, Piranha in 1978. He is probably best remembered today, among horror fans, for The Howling (1981) and Gremlins 1 & 2 (1984, 1990). My favorite is his wonderful homage to entrepreneur William Castle, Matinee. I was really looking forward to Burying the Ex.
Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin as our likable boyfriend with a quandary. He has been in horror movies before – Only Lovers Left Alive and the Fright Night reboot. He played the titular Odd Thomas and helped anchor that quirky horror feature. He is certainly amiable here and very sympathetic.
Ashley Greene does a fine job as the proverbial girlfriend from hell, sexy yet horrifying. Alexandra Daddario is suitably winning as the new girl, Olivia. Essentially the only other cast member is Oliver Cooper as Max’s half-brother Travis. He’s a little annoying but bearable.
Unfortunately the writing here by Alan Trezza is not up to par. His only other writing credit is for the short of the same title. Therein lies the problem. Burying the Ex is cute but feels terribly padded out. The idea is good but honestly, in spite of the ‘R’ rating, they are afraid to go anywhere with it.
There are uncounted references to numerous horror movies. Sadly these are not homages nor are they plot important in any way so they quickly become tedious (and this is from a certified horror nut). As they don’t really feature in the plot other than to establish Max and Olivia’s cred, I am not sure if the fault belongs with Dante or Trezza.
Burying the Ex is pretty much completely inoffensive. It is mild fun but could have been so much more.