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About the Movie
After the departure of Rube Sofer, a new head reaper named Cameron Kane takes over. He's a slick businessman who couldn't care less about helping the newly dead. Chaos ensues and brings out the worst in Daisy and Mason who begin drinking anew. George and Reggie reconnect for the first time when George reaps a new friend of Reggie's.
Loved Dead Like Me! This one? Not so much.
The up-side: More Dead Like ME! We missed this show like crazy! It got three stars just for nostalgia's sake. The down side: just about everything else. Seriously. Rube is gone. (You find this out in the first few minutes so it's not a spoiler.) Rube was the heart of the show and without him the other characters seem disconnected and adrift. No one mourns his passing, (!?) which is just the start of an entire movie chock-full of our beloved characters behaving out of character. There’s no moral center, no “mysterious & reassuring” comfort. With no heart, the movie is this big ole zombie lumbering around resembling people we used to love, but lacking any real soul. George would be a mess if Rube disappeared – so would Roxy, but they both just sort of shrug and move on. It rings totally false. Ellen Muth is a beautiful, bright woman, but I'm not sure what she did to herself for the movie. Collagen in her lips? Over-filled eyebrows? Lost too much weight? She looks very, very WRONG. She looks so strange it was distracting. We spent the first 15 minutes yelling "What's wrong with her?!" every time she came onscreen. Ellen: leave your face alone! It was perfect as it was. The new actress playing Daisy (Sarah Wynter) has a rubbery sort of face that gives Daisy an air of pathetic dorkiness. The REAL Daisy was a vapid princess, but she was a graceful, beautiful vapid princess, with ever-growing depth and complexities. The new Daisy is played woodenly, with a one-dimensional clumsiness that makes you sort of despise her. Roxy was played well, but written poorly. Same with Mason. You really don’t like either one of them much in this film. You know who was totally fabulous? George's mom (Cynthia Stevenson.) She actually grew & evolved - which is more than we can say for the rest of the cast. Dolores Herbig (Christine Willes) was also wonderful. The whole movie had this rushed, slapped together feel to it – like the writers waited until the night before the script was due and then stayed up all night throwing it together. I want more DLM just as much as the rest of you, but if this is what Season 3 would be like, we should leave it in the grave. If you miss DLM, watch the two glorious seasons we had and skip this lumbering disaster.
Well, as hard as this little film tries to be a stand-alone piece -- where the viewer didn't have to see all of, or most of, the episodes -- Life After Death sadly fails. The actors, while most have returned, seem a bit uncomfortable back in the roles we all came to love them by. In short, this is a last ditch effort at closing some open doors, or at least that's what it seems. Almost every piece of dialogue is a shot at the audience, reminding or informing us who these characters are and what they bring to the story. While the meat of the film centers on George and her relationship with her sister, the fluff involving Henry Ian Cusick's character is neither interesting enough nor fullfilling enough for any devotees wondering: "Where the hell is Rube?" Any fans of Mason, Daisy (not the same actress), or Roxy will sorely be disappointed when seeing their characters get pushed to the side for a less-than-adequate subplot. All in all, the story just isn't here, and, ironically, gives no closure. This is an incomplete feature that seems more like a prolonged episode than a fitting finale to such a great show that was sadly ended after its second season. As a fan, I found this a disappointing venture, and cheapend at the lack the writers' gave to make this at least some form of closure that we never really got from the Halloween episode so many years go. Skip this, the ending gives a false hope -- unless this series is getting renewed, that is.
Not worth the money.
I am a big fan of the short lived show but this movie was horrible. All the character's personalities were really numbed down. The actress that replaced Daisy made her seem like an over-sexed blonde and not the smart interesting person she was in the show. Most of the movie was just a review of what had happened in the series. The replacement of Rube was a bad idea. The new leader was boring and didn't compare. You might want to rent this movie at most.
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2009
- © 2009 MGM Global Holdings Inc. All Rights Reserved.