Don’t call it Zombieland: zomboobs, a Buick, seflies, & coming of age. A look at “Scouts Guide”
Unlike it’s fellow Buick-featuring dead-rising film Evil Dead, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, is meant to be funny. And scary. And a little bit of feel good drama. And fun. Oh, and also gory.
The story is like any other: Three friends that are Superbad at fitting in at school and talking to girls, must join forces with a bad-ass stripper, err cocktail waitress, and save their town from a zombie outbreak. Armed with only their wits, scout training, a hardware store, and the strip—cocktail waitress’ shotgun they must fight through butt-gumming zombie grandmas, rank bowel movements, the quest for the perfect profile pic, not being invited to the party of the century (Thanks, neckerchiefs), and an utterly horrifying zombie kitteh assault.
The characters are charming. The “leader” Ben (played by Tye Sheridan) is your usual a-touch-too-uptight main character who takes everything, including knots, a bit too seriously. He’s flanked by his fellow scout pals, Carter (played by Logan Miller) and Augie (played by Joey Morgan). These two balance out Ben’s uptightedness and set the trio up for some comedic mishaps. Carter appears to be the do-enough-just-to-get-by type (by his low number of badges on his scout uniform), that’s the treasure chest of mediocrity and dick and fart jokes. Augie is the lovable, slightly overweight kid, whose awkwardness is sure to make for some good laughs. And Denise (played by Sarah Dumont) is the tall cocktail stripper, dammit, cocktail waitress, is the apple of the little gent’s eyes; while also being a bad-ass and presumably working her way through college (That’s what they all say, amirite?).
It looks like there’s hope that Scouts Guide sets itself apart from its oft-compared counterpart Zombieland. They both carry an “R” rating, but Scouts Guide pushes the envelope a little further. Where ZL only touched on zombie strippers, Scouts Guide takes it head on. With a zomboob filled scene in the charmingly named Lawrence of Alabia strip club. Which is like, no better place for a coming of age tale, with or without the jungle theme. Scouts Guide also has: Party Crashing, gratuitous selfies (with and without zomboobs), high school angst, and going all Jose Bautista on a cat with a frying pan. Plus, Scouts Guide’s marketing department also gives us the ability to go on the line, and give Al Pacino a scout badge.
While I’m sad that this film doesn’t have Woody Harrelson in it, I am glad that Stone Cold Steve Austin makes an appearance as the bouncer of the local strip joint. Austin’s range as an actor is underrated, and is highlighted by a number of action movies and a quaint and terrifying all at the same time advert for Wendy’s pulled pork poutine in Canada (which was delicious, btw). I think his cameo (and hopefully some others) contribute to the fun factor of the film. Cause Stone Cold said so.
It’s safe to say that Scouts Guide probably isn’t going to earn Tye Sheridan, or anyone else, an Oscar, but I think come next Friday you’re going to see a new Zombie Kill of the Week. And there’s nothing Sister Cynthia Knickerbocker and her piano can do about it.http://radiopressgaming.com/2015/10/scouts-guide-to-the-zombie-apocalypse/http://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/download2.jpghttp://radiopressgaming.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/download2-150x150.jpgEntertainmentMoviesAl Pacino,Joey Morgan,Logan Miller,Sarah Dumont,Scout's Guide to the Zombie Apocalype,selfies,stippers,Stone Cold Steve Austin,Tye Sheridan,Zombie,zomboobsUnlike it’s fellow Buick-featuring dead-rising film Evil Dead, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, is meant to be funny. And scary. And a little bit of feel good drama. And fun. Oh, and also gory. The story is like any other: Three friends that are Superbad at fitting in at...Trevor McClureTrevor McCluretrevor@radiopressgaming.comAuthorRadio Press Gaming