Dane DeHaan. Molly Shannon. And the great John C. Reilly. All of them in a great deal of pain. All of them mourning the loss of Beth (Aubrey Plaza).
So why is it funny?
“Life After Beth” is on its way to home video on October 21st, and there will be some deleted scenes included among the extra features on the disc. Today, we've got one of those scenes for you, and it comes from early in the film. At this point, Beth has died, and her boyfriend (DeHaan) and her parents (Shannon and Reilly) are still in shock, still trying to process what's happened.
I reviewed the film out of Sundance, and one of the things I like most about it is Plaza's performance. She isn't playing that sort of sullen, sarcastic April Ludgate thing that is her trademark. It's a new comic persona for her, and I'm glad to see her stretch.
It's also interesting to see DeHaan playing something this overtly comic. He's quickly developed a reputation as the intense young guy you hire when you need dark and dangerous. I don't think he's ever done anything quite like “Life After Beth,” and it'll be interesting to see how much more comedy he does in the future.
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“Life After Beth” is available for digital download now, and is on DVD and Blu-ray on October 21st.