I wanted to see this movie the first time I saw the trailer. It was the perfect combination for someone like me, an over the top premise with a cast of people that I generally like. It took me a long time to actually see it, which is due to a combination of timing and where I live. I finally saw it through Shudder when it was first launching and I loved it. It was directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. It was written by Leigh Whannell, Ian Brennan, and Josh C. Waller.
The plot centers on a virus that starts because of infected chicken nuggets that only affect kids that haven’t gone through puberty. I’ve boiled down the plot to the most basic concepts. You follow Clint, played by Elijah Wood, as he takes over as a sub for summer school at the elementary school that he went to. Some of the other people in the cast are Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Nasim Pedrad, Jorge Garcia, and Ian Brennan. That’s not even everyone that people would recognize but just the ones that have the most screen time.
The cast is one of the things that really caught my eye. It looked like it would be a goofy fun time at first glance for me, which it was but not exactly in the way that I thought it would be. Leigh Whannell as Doug is a highlight of the movie. He is so fuckin weird that you can’t help but laugh at how eccentric he is. His line, “That’s why sometimes when I’m talking I use the wrong rowboat.” Is a standout among some of his other lines. Rainn Wilson’s Wade having trouble saying Dual Rear Wheel is also hilarious, and I say that as someone that struggles saying certain words. Those are just standout moments but the movie as a whole is hilarious.
The production and set design in the movie is pretty fantastic. You get a really good feel of not only an elementary school but one that’s on a summer break. It looks just the right amount of abandoned. The costume designers made it to where you get a feel of each other characters personality. The effects people knocked it out of the park in Cooties. The practical effects, especially on the kids, look pretty gnarly. Like hot damn do the kids look like there’s something seriously wrong with them. The digital effects are pretty good too. I want to point out the digital gore effects for Patriot near the end of the movie. I will once again use the word gnarly to describe it, because his whole jaw is off and barely dangling off his face.
If you want to watch a very original zombie movie that has some pretty awkward laughs I would say to definitely check Cooties out. It’s currently free to watch with ads on Vudu, Tubi, Pluto TV, PLEX, Redbox, and The Roku Channel. If you don’t wish to deal with ads you can either buy it physically or through your preferred digital storefront.