Zombie movies and television series seem to be the hit at the moment and now there is a new zombie movie that should get you laughing in a big way. <Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse> is a new American movie that clearly has some gross out humour as its main target and, let’s face it, it is not often that scouts get to save the world. What could possibly go wrong when three buddies decide to join the Boy Scouts as young boys and still be members in their late teens when it may not be cool to be so?
Three scouts and lifelong friends join forces with one badass cocktail waitress to become the world’s most unlikely team of heroes. When their peaceful town is ravaged by a zombie invasion, they’ll fight for the badge of a lifetime and put their scouting skills to the test to save mankind from the undead. The movie features Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan and Sarah Dumont among other young actors, with a few guest appearances from none other than Cloris Leachman (famous from the Mary Tyler Moore Show in the early 70’s) and David Koechner (many off kilter films that were worth seeing). It is not exactly brain science in terms of the story line and humour, but you would have fun and got a lot of laughs.
In between all the humour, there are some great underlying messages, such as what it is to be cool at school and how you should never give up on your friends, no matter how bad the situation seems. The script keeps things pretty simple, but there are hilarious moments, both visually and script wise, poking fun at a lot of things Americans love and do, so the laughs never stop coming. There is plenty of schoolboy humour too, with a bit of naughtiness on the screen, so not safe for children.
The film gets off to a slow start while they set the scene, but it is not long before the zombie apocalypse begins to strike the sleepy town and take over peoples’ lives, literally! All the cast are mostly fairly unknown, with only a couple of familiar faces, but honestly, it doesn’t matter at all, as everyone takes to their roles with relish and they know that the more you stereotype a role, the funnier it is going to be. The good guys win in the end after applying themselves to the task at hand with serious determination and ensuring that the cute girls survive to kiss the heroes at the end – cheesy we know, but it all makes sense when you see how they poke fun at all previous schlock horror movies that try to be funny. This movie gets the humour dead right (pardon the pun). A no brainer of a movie that does not require too much analysis or thinking, so sit back and have fun.
Rating : 3/5