Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
Directed by Christopher B. Landon
Written by Carrie Evans, Emi Mochizuki, and Christopher B. Landon
Starring: Ty Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Halston Sage, and Cloris Leachman
“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” follows in the footsteps of movies like “Shaun of the Dead” and “Zombieland”, but attempts it with a crass twist. “Scouts Guide” tries and fails at this attempt. As a comedy the primary function of “Scouts Guide” should be to make you laugh, it does not. Most, if not all of the humor in the film falls flat. There a few jokes in the movie that manage to work, but most of it is juvenile. “Scouts Guide” could have been a PG-13 film; the movie did not need the excessive profanity. Even with the profanity removed, the film would still have to be R-rated because of the gore. Without the profanity, the blood seems gratuitous. It feels like the profanity was thrown in to have another reason for the R-rating. But then again, who wants to watch a zombie movie sans gore?
While most of the jokes in the film fell flat, Logan Miller tried to make them land. Miller was committed to the role, and he was able to land some of his jokes though most of these jokes were clichéd for his character archetype. Sarah Dumont was an excellent find for this movie. She had the sassy bad girl thing down pat, although, there were times though out the film where she came across as a discount Jennifer Lawrence. I do wish Halston Sage had a larger role to play in the movie. Sage was relegated to the hottest girl in town that needs to be saved by the hero, so they fall in love type role. Which is a waste of her talents, because she was fantastic in her supporting role in this summer’s “Paper Towns.”
“Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse” is a mildly entertain watch, though it is nothing more than a poor man’s version of “Zombieland” and “Shaun of the Dead.”