(Scored out of 10; below 5 = not worth seeing, 6 = OK, 7 = good, 8 = great, 9 = fantastic, 10 = next to perfect)
When a film starts with Blake Anderson twerking with a mop, expectations should be tempered. There are genuine laughs to be had and the performances, while nothing to write home about, aren’t terrible. But ultimately, if you’re a fan of crude and juvenile you’re going to have a better time.
The film follows three life-long friends and boy scouts – Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) — on a camping trip to celebrate Augie getting his Condor patch. While the three amigos are having a friendly fireside chat the rest of their town is slowly succumbing to the zombie apocalypse. Late at night Ben and Carter, fed up with being scouts and tired of being deemed “uncool”, sneak away from the camp to attend the secret senior high school party (I wish my school threw parties like that). Once out of the woods the Ben and Carter are quickly introduced to the hell on Earth that has appeared while partaking in smores and wieners. From there they meet up with a shotgun toting cocktail waitress (she is NOT a stripper) named Denise and reunite with Augie to take on the rest of the zombie hoard.
From a narrative standpoint, there isn’t much to talk about here. The film treads familiar territory from start to finish; archetypal characters, unoriginal themes and standard zombie scares. That being said, it treads that territory well enough to keep you engaged throughout the crude happenings throughout the run time.
The three main characters, Ben, Carter and Augie, are one-dimensional but play off of each other well enough to make them all at least moderately likeable. Logan Miller’s Carter will be the most controversial of the three, spouting crass jokes on an almost infinite loop you are either going to fall in love with his sense of humor or despise his very being (there were some moments that had me laughing but the rate at which he runs his mouth was too much for me).
Augie is the most reserved of the three and acts as the counter to Carter’s over the top antics. He is the butt of a couple of fart jokes (pun intended) but given the juvenile nature of everything else about the film, that is to be expected. Joey Morgan provides the most rounded performance of the three even sparking a little bit of emotion amidst the zombie breasts.
Ben, played by Tye Sheridan, is supposed to be a combination between the jet mouthed Carter and the conservative Augie. Instead, he is simply boring. Ben is being chased by a zombie, blank stare. Out of this world hot blonde asks Ben to kiss her, blank stare. Friends are about to get eaten by zombie kittens, blank stare. The quality of acting was never going to be stellar but considering Sheridan was receiving great reviews from his performance in Mud and is headlining the new generation of X-Men as Cyclops, I came away very disappointed.
Watching Logan getting thrown in to walls by an elderly zombie lady is hilarious enough, add in the fact that she loses her dentures before trying to eat a hole in his ass and you have a roaring audience (either this was genuinely funny or everyone in my theatre was 12). There was also that one time where Ben was dangling out of a window with nothing to hang onto but a decaying zombie penis, classic.
But for every decaying zombie penis there was an undead Britney Spears duet. The leaps in logic are understandable to a point but with little in the way of consistency it just gets to be too much (honestly, what the heck happened there?)
Going in to Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse prepared for it’s juvenile brand of humor and scares will leave more inclined to enjoy it. Thinking that it is going to be anything other than dick jokes and ridiculous zombie logic will leave you, at best, disappointed, at worst, actively upset. Personally, I didn’t mind it despite its flaws (though my girlfriend does say I have the mind of a 12 year old at times).
Overall Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse gets a 6/10.