A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
Though the characters learn a lesson about friendship, the movie is more about celebrating bad/outrageous behavior in general.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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