Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Sunday, 29 March 2020

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong comedic horror violence and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Zom nom nom.

  • Starring:

    Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joey Morgan, Sarah Dumont, David Koechner, Halston Sage, Cloris Leachman, Niki Koss, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Blake Anderson

  • Directed by:

    Christopher Landon

  • Running time:

    93 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Characters/animals are shot, stabbed, decapitated, bitten, gummed, thrown through the air, pursued, dragged, hit by cars, hit with objects, threatened, glassed, burned, axed, tied up, speared, shoved, tackled, head-rammed, kicked, decapitated, dismembered, slapped, whipper-snippered, nail-gunned. A character falls down stairs, two people bump heads. Rooms/buildings trashed, smashed glass, explosion, homemade bomb, grenade, military aircraft/vehicles/personnel, table knocked over, car rammed, burning car. Arguing, yelling, screaming, mass panic. Taliban mentioned. Blood/gore: Bloody heads, faces, mouth, teeth, hands, legs, clothing, handprint, bullet wounds. Blood spatter, stretching/torn skin, oozing blood/gore, spilled entrails, singed/smoking/charred/scabby flesh. Corpses (human and animal). Holes punched through chests, heads exploded/decapitated/split in half, object removed from eyeball. Blackened veins seen beneath skin, milky eyes, false teeth. Patient in hospital bed, breathing tubes, medical monitoring equipment, flatlining, CPR. Scars, bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Oral sex. Kissing (male-female; female-female), breast-squeezing, undressing, bum-slapping, pole-dancing. A penis is grabbed, pulled, thrown. Sexually suggestive dancing/gestures. A man caresses his own nipple while licking a window. Ogling. Near-nude female, exposed breasts, nude male bum, skimpy clothing, cleavage, condoms. References to oral sex, teen sex. Strip club setting. Incest mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer). Shelves of spirits behind bar, bottles of pills/vitamins on bench. Rave setting. Drop acid mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Derogatory terms for women. Obscene finger and hand gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Scouts, zombies, badge earning, crazy cat ladies, secret parties, camping, selfies, Dolly Parton, betrayal, best friends, secret crushes, cocktail waitresses.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Watch-house setting. Monkeys (caged), cats, deer, animal poo. Toilets, urination, farting, defecating, bum-wiping, spitting. Fear of heights mentioned. Strobe lighting, fast editing. Vision during end credits, mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Energetic, teen-oriented, cheesy, unsubtle. Some inspired comedy moments, entertaining prologue, competent direction, appealing cast, Tye Sheridan is the best thing in the film.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Dumb, ribald, familiar, apostrophe-phobic, meandering, predictable, clichéd, artless, puerile, crass, loud, repellent, adolescent, witless. Flat look, weak premise, women are poorly represented.

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