Thursday, October 29, 2015

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse [2015]

MPAA (R)  CNS/USCCB (O)  ChicagoTribune (1 Star) (1 Star)  AVClub (C-)  Fr. Dennis (2 Stars)

IMDb listing
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
ChicagoTribune (K. Walsh) review (P. Sobczynski) review
AVClub (K. Rife) review  

Perhaps the most important thing that parents should know about Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse [2015] (directed by screenplay cowritten by Christopher Landon along with Emi Mochizuki, Carrie Evans and Lona Williams) is that the film deserves its R-rating: If you ever wanted to reflect on what a "zombie penis" could look like or "zombie breasts," well, this film does offer its rather _extended_ even (with the penis) _exhaustive_ "thoughts" on such matters ;-).

Yes, this is a dumb film.  But let's face it, most Zombie films are "not exactly" Citizen Kane [1941] (though amusingly Pride, Prejudice and Zombies [2016], based on the wildly popular, er, "adaptation";-) [GR] [WCat] [Amzn] of the celebrated Jane Austen novel [GR] [WCat] [Amzn] [IMDb] is coming out sometime in the coming year ;-).

Then there's the Hollywood message "to all the young people / families out there" that "Scouting is for nerds" while "Strippers are cool."  So "10, 12, 14 y.o. Jenny get into your stripper costume ... that's where your money will be..."

That said, let the Reader here simply understand this to be simply a dumb (and certainly appropriately R-rated) film, in which three high school nerds (played by Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller and Joey Morgan) team-up with a few years older, former h.s. drop-out (though having since earned her G.E.D.), now stripper (played by Sarah Dumont) to save their small California Central Valley town "on the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas" from a "zombie outbreak."   Yes, featured in the film are "zombie penises" and "zombie breasts" but also "zombie deer running in the woods" and "a zombie angry old lady with a house full of zombie cats." ;-)

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb ... but, folks, the film-makers here certainly never, ever had any intention of "shooting for" anything else.  And thus they created a really, really dumb (and often very crude...) film.  Is it "the Apocalypse"?  No ;-)  But it is ... (coming back to the word) ... dumb ;-)

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