Movie Review | “Happy Death Day”

happy death day“Happy Death Day” is the slasher romantic comedy movie version of “Groundhog Day.” Theresa “Tree” Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) plays a college girl forced relive her birthday, Monday September 18, where she is murdered at the end of the day, every day until she figures out who her murderer is.

On the first loop of her birthday, she wakes up in classmate’s dorm room after hooking up with him the night before. She spends the rest of the day ignoring dinner invites from her dad, being rude and condescending to her friends before being stabbed to death by a hooded figure wearing the mask of the college mascot.

The plot continues as Tree works through the suspects who might be her murderer, and along the way, becomes a kinder and more self-aware version of herself.

Audiences give “Happy Death Day” a solid 68% and it is rated 69% fresh on the Tomatometer. Rothe’s performance at Tree is impressive because of the blend of slasher, comedy and romance genres which she pulls off in a genuine and entertaining way. Another plus for the film is that it is only PG-13. It’s a fun movie not to be taken too seriously.

Production activity for the film dates back a decade to 2007 but director Christopher Landon says a sequel is already in the works. Landon is the son of Michael Landon and best known before this film for the Paranormal film franchise.

“Happy Death Day” (96 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with an PG-13 rating for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity. Call (903)935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, consider seeing it soon.

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