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Fido (R)





Release Date: June 15th, 2007 (Angelika Film Center) by Lionsgate Films.
The Cast: Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, K'Sun Ray, Henry Czemy, Tim Blake Nelson.
Directed by Andrew Currie.

BASIC PREMISE: 11-year-old Timmy (Ray) tries to keep Fido (Connolly), his pet zombie, as part of his family when Fido goes on a murderous rampage.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Set during 1950ís in a world where ZomCon domesticates zombies with an electronic collar, Fido has plenty of outrageous dark comedy and a refreshingly inventive plot. The Robinsons are the only family in their suburban neighborhood without a zombie pet to do chores around the house. Bill Robinson (Baker), the father, hates zombies while his wife, Helen (Moss) and young son, Timmy, persuade him to get one just like everyone else. Their new neighbor, Mr. Bottoms (Czerny), happens to be the head of security at ZomCon and owns many pet zombies, including a hilarious female zombie as his loveróat least you donít get to watch them having sex. The Robinsons buy a pet zombie which Timmy names Fido, befriending him and setting his electronic collar loose which causes him to chow down on an elderly lady in a park. Soon enough, the elderly lady turns into a zombie and turns others into zombies as well while Timmy tries to hide the source of this outbreak. Even though Fido doesnít speak and looks grotesque, heís quite likable thanks to the charismatic performance by the unrecognizable Billy Connelly. How often do you get to watch a zombie dance with a human? Or how about listening to someone discuss a zombieís human rights and whether to consider it dead or alive? Some of the action sequences seem silly and over-the-top, though, especially toward the end. Fortunately, co-writer/director Andrew Currie includes a fast pace and a winning combination of comedy, drama and romance along with a witty, script that has enough tongue-in-cheek, dark humor to entertain fans of Shaun of the Dead and even Beetlejuice. At a running time of just 91 minutes, Fido doesnít overstays its welcome.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.

NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0

IN A NUTSHELL: Outrageously funny. A refreshingly inventive, tongue-in-cheek zombie comedy.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater.


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