Common Sense Media says
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Adventure Scouts is an incredibly horrible movie. The storyline is an unrelenting layering of cliche after cliche after cliche, with a staggering amount of plot points that ignore all reality, common sense, and simple logic. In addition, the acting is atrocious and obnoxious, and every attempt at humor results in groans. This movie has no redeeming value whatsoever, and it's impossible to understand how and why this thing was even made. In terms of content, there are some scenes of verbal bullying and taunting, scenes where biker characters drink beer and engage in obnoxious behaviors like tying up the owner of a bar and throwing everyone in the town into the jail, and a scene where an older man tries to stop the bikers by pulling out a gun. Avoid this movie at all costs.
What's the story?
Jimmy Daniels is moving from Santa Monica, California to Brenton, Florida with his mother and stepfather (Jim Fitzpatrick) so his stepfather can return to his hometown and be the vice principal of the local school. As Jimmy, a streetwise California kid fond of employing a mix of hip-hop and beatnik slang terms, tries to make new friends in his new school, his stepfather tries to get everyone interested in scouting. The boys aren't interested until girls are allowed to take part, and thus, the Adventure Scouts are born. Meanwhile, Jimmy's real father, the leader of a California biker gang, has just gotten out of prison, and wants his son back. With this ragtag and bumbling gang of bikers, Jimmy's father arrives in Brenton and takes most of the townspeople hostage, locking them in prison until he is allowed custody of Jimmy. It is up to the Adventure Scouts to stop the bad bikers and rescue their fellow Brentonites.
Is it any good?
Simply put: There is absolutely nothing to enjoy about this movie. It isn't even a "so bad it's good"-type of B-movie. This is amateurish and lazy at every possible turn -- be it the sloppy editing, the enormous holes in the storyline, the staggering lapses in story logic, and the infinite number of cliches packed into this thing. It's unfathomable to comprehend why a cast and crew of presumably sane people would waste time and money making this awful movie.
There really is nothing redeeming about this film. If the acting isn't stilted and awkward, it's obnoxiously hammy. The attempts at comedy are beyond trite. Even the attempts at positive messages pertaining to girls being as capable of scouting out in the great outdoors as boys are eclipsed by the sheer mediocrity in every other aspect of this movie.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what makes this movie so terrible. In terms of overall quality, what makes a movie a "bad" movie?
What are some of the cliched aspects to this story?
If you could recreate this movie, how would you change and improve it?