Movie review of “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”: What we have here is a typical raunchy teen comedy with only gushers of gore to set it somewhat apart from the pack. Rating: 1.5 stars out of 4.
About “Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse”: Well, it’s got that title going for it. So there’s that.
Zombies. Boy scouts (though not the official Boy Scouts of America; no way that organization would give its blessing to something like this). Combined, they equal comedy. Or so would seem to be the premise, and the promise.
It’s a promise only intermittently kept, mostly in the form of genitalia-centric sight gags. That R rating is certainly earned. Hey, the scouts here are hormonal high-school sophomores, so it follows that sophomoric humor is the order of the day.
Movie Review ★½
‘Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse,’ with Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joseph Morgan, Sarah Dumont. Directed by Christopher Landon, from a screenplay by Carrie Evans, Emi Mochizuki and Lona Williams. 92 minutes. Rated R for zombie violence and gore, sexual material, graphic nudity and language throughout. Several theaters.
Zombies run riot — No shambling! — people run screaming and the screen is drenched with blood and viscera. Usual zombie stuff, in other words.
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The title suggest a concentration on the usefulness of scout skills to thwart the predations of the undead. There’s some of that, but director Christopher Landon and his writers are more interested in telling a tale of three teen buddies — a tubby geek (Joseph Morgan), a sex-obsessed loudmouth (Logan Miller) and a virginal good kid (Tye Sheridan) — who have a falling-out over whether they’ve outgrown scouting, and maybe even their friendship. Oh, and there’s also an older but wiser cocktail waitress (Sarah Dumont), a beauty who turns their heads and gives the good kid useful dating tips. Keeps her clothes on, too, which is a point in the movie’s favor.
The violence is extreme, and the language … tsk. Very much at odds with the “clean and reverent” part of the official Scout law.
What we have here then is a typical raunchy teen comedy, with only its gushers of gore to set it somewhat apart from the pack.