Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Gory teen zomcom doesn't have many fresh scares or laughs.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 93 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Underneath the extreme content is a message about friendship; two friends "ditch" their goofy third friend in an attempt to be "cool," but they discover that their friendship is really more important.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though the characters learn a lesson about friendship, the movie is more about celebrating bad/outrageous behavior in general.

Violence

Gory, comical zombie violence. Bloody gashes and wounds, severed heads and limbs (including a penis), stabbing in the eyes, gallons of blood and blood splatters. Homemade weapons create a storm of zombie goo. Fighting. A car hits a deer/dead deer, with guts. Deer and cat zombies. Explosive device, plus explosion.

Sex

Two topless female zombie-strippers are shown; a teen boy squeezes one's breasts. A main female character works at a strip club. Two teens almost have sex (oral sex is discussed crudely); a zombie with a protruding tongue interrupts and performs oral sex on the girl. Zombie penis and scrotum shown for many seconds. Heavy innuendo. Women objectified (wearing skimpy outfits, shown walking in slo-mo, etc.). Kissing between both opposite-sex and same-sex couples. An old lady zombie tries to eat a teen boy's bare bottom.

Language

Regular use of "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "asshead," "a--hole," "p---y," "t-ts," "c--k," "d--k," "d-bags," "bitch," "slut," "nutsack," "goddamn," "oh my God," "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), most of it spoken by teens. Middle finger gesture shown.

Consumerism

Dasani water vending machine, TicTacs, bag of Takis Fuegos chips shown and mentioned, U-Haul truck shown. Weapons assembled in a TrueValue hardware store, with many logos shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens get someone to buy beer for them, but they don't drink it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is an over-the-top comedy packed with language, gore, and sex. The heroes are three high school boys who use plenty of strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and the zombie killing includes lots of graphic, outrageous (albeit comic in tone) displays of gore, from severed body parts to exploding heads and gushes of blood. Teens are shown kissing and thinking about sex, and one scene shows a zombie performing oral sex on a teen girl. Two topless female zombies are shown, and a teen boy squeezes one's breasts. Women are also objectified in general -- shown in skimpy clothing, walking in slow motion, etc. The teen heroes arrange to buy beer for a party, though they never drink it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrisD 2 October 30, 2015

Haven't seen it just a reminder to parents

Ok so I don't know exactly why but I feel the need to have to remind parents that this movie is rated R and is about a group of Guys who sneak into a strip... Continue reading
Adult Written bybebzery November 22, 2015

Classic zombie comedy

All graphic violence and sex scenes are all comedic and funny. Mature teens will understand the humor and know that the violent scenes are fake. Otherwise a gre... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWolf_ lover December 31, 2017

matured teens

The movie has a variety of scenes that revolve around boys and wanting to do "it." However, teens probably are aware of everything that goes on within... Continue reading

What's the story?

Friends Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) are the only scouts in town, and though it's embarrassing, they stick together to support Augie. But on the night Augie is set to get the coveted Condor badge, Carter's invited to a senior party, and he wants Ben to go with him. So they ditch Augie at the campsite and head into town, only to discover that everyone is gone, and flesh-eating zombies are on the loose. A shotgun-wielding strip bar hostess, Denise (Sarah Dumont), helps them out. Before long, they realize they have to evacuate, but not without finding the party and rescuing Carter's pretty sister, Kendall (Halston Sage), whom Ben has a crush on. The scouts will have to use all their merit badge knowledge to survive.

Is it any good?

Though it’s spirited and centers on some likable-enough characters, this zom-com isn't terribly inventive with its zombie attacks and gore, and it offers very few surprises or fresh laughs. SCOUTS GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE borrows ideas from dozens of other movies, ranging from Dead-Alive and Zombie Strippers to Zombieland, but it passes them off as fresh to viewers who might not know any earlier zombie films.

The movie also goes for quick, easy (lazy?) shocks via nudity, blood spatters, and foul language. It's a choice that tends to spoil the goodwill built by the main characters, who are all innocent goofballs. The "scout" angle is the only new idea here, but even that isn't used well. Everything leads up to a "stockpiling artillery" montage of the kind already used in many other movies; the boys' scout skills don't necessarily contribute anything. This movie should "be prepared" to be forgotten.

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