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John C. Reilly (born 24.5.1965) John C. Reilly is an American film actor.

Childhood: John Reilly was born to an Irish-American father and Lithuanian mother; the fifth of six children. He was raised on Chicago and attended Brother Rice High School. Reilly went on to graduate from Chicago's DePaul University.

Film Career: In 1989, John Reilly made his film debut in Casualties of War. The Brian de Palma movie starred Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn. Another highlight of Reilly's early career was his role alongside Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights in 1997. The cult hit also starred Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

A turning point for John C. Reilly's career came in 2002, when he was cast in three Academy Award-nominated films. Firstly was Chicago, a film adaptation of the popular musical. The film version starred Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. The next film in the queue for awards was Gangs of New York. Despite featuring an all-star cast (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz), the Martin Scorsese-directed movie failed to win any Academy Award. The final film in Reilly's successful trilogy of 2002 was The Hours. Nicole Kidman brought home an Oscar for her performance and the film also starred Meryl Streep, Ed Harris and Julianne Moore.

In 2004, John C. Reilly worked with Martin Scorsese once more, in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. The movie saw Reilly sharing screen time with DiCaprio once more, as well as Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale.

Two years later, Reilly showcased his comic talents in Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which featured Will Ferrell. That same year, he worked with Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.

2007 saw John Reilly starred in the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which took off a number of musical biopics, including those of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash.

Following this, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell worked together once more, on Step Brothers. The film also featured Kathryn Hahn and Mary Steenburg and was written by Adam McKay (who also wrote Talladega Nights.).

Reilly has also worked in television, appearing frequently on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! This led on to a spin-off series, Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Reilly has also provided his voice for an episode of The Simpsons (entitled 'Any Given Sundance').

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Life After Beth Review

While zombie rom-coms aren't original (see Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies), this take on the genre has such a deadpan tone that it feels refreshingly unpredictable. While the plot sometimes seems like it's going to spin completely out of control, writer-director Jeff Baena (who wrote I Heart Huckabees) holds it together with clever twists and turns and smart, witty dialogue. And the terrific cast helps balance the humour and horror with a hint of emotional depth.

It opens as soulful teenager Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grieving about his recently deceased girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza), who was killed by a snake bite. As Zach and Beth's parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) help each other get over the shock, they are startled when she arrives back home as if nothing happened. Utterly unaware that she's undead, Beth can't understand why Zach is looking at her strangely, while her parents become super protective, refusing to let her outside for fear that someone will spot a dead girl walking around. Then Zach begins to notice that Beth isn't the only person in town who has come back to life. And when he runs into old friend Erica (Anna Kendrick), Beth's jealousy seems to trigger a full-on zombie invasion.

By focussing on the warped relationships between the characters, the film keeps the audience both involved and entertained. The humour is a mix of bone-dry dialogue and riotously nutty visual gags that escalate as the story progresses. And there are constant wrinkles in the plot, such as how Beth conveniently can't remember breaking up with Zach before she died. Or how Zach's gung-ho brother (a scene stealing Matthew Gray Gubler) reacts to the growing threat of the walking-dead. And by combining real heart with silly comedy and even some genuine scariness, filmmaker Baena manages to make some sharp observations about both love and grief.

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'Life After Beth' Adds New Twist To Old Genre

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Zombie movies are as old as cinema itself, kicking off with 1930s hits like 'White Zombies' and 'The Devil's Daughter'. The genre came to mainstream prominence with George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968, after which the undead onslaught has been fairly unceasing. But a subset is just as venerable: the zombie comedy, or zom-com, can trace its roots back to 1941's 'King of the Zombies' and 1945's 'Zombies on Broadway'. More recent examples include Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' (1992) and 'Zombieland' (2009).

Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza star in 'Life After Beth'
Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza star in 'Life After Beth'

The most memorable recent zom-com is obviously Edgar Wright's 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004), which introduced a further sub-genre: the zom-rom-com. This paved the way for the likes of the Spanish romp 'Juan of the Dead' (2010), 'Warm Bodies' (2013) and 'All Cheerleaders Die' (also 2013).

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