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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse movie review: be prepared… to throw it in the campfire

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

One of the most sexist movies I’ve ever seen. Male juvenile fantasy at its most tired, its most obvious, its most banal, and its most infuriating.
I’m “biast” (pro): who doesn’t like a good zombie movie?

I’m “biast” (con): good zombie movies are few and far between

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It’s not scary and it’s not funny, but this alleged horror comedy does earn one distinction: it’s one of the most sexist movies I’ve ever seen. After a slacker janitor in a biolab accidentally unleashes a zombie plague, three faux Boy Scouts — they are members of the “American Scout Society” — find themselves reexamining their friendship while fighting their way through hordes of the walking undead in their small town, culminating in one of them getting to rescue the girl of his dreams, which, of course, makes her instantly fall in love with him, because that would totally happen. Along the way, when they are not ogling zombie tits — because that would totally happen — they also learn how unbelievably awesome they are even though they are bumbling idiots and not very nice people. Like when Ben (Tye Sheridan: Joe) is reassured by Denise (Sarah Dumont) — the badass and half-dressed strip-club cocktail waitress they end up fighting with, because that would totally happen — that he is really cute; she even lets him practice his kissing on her! Because that would totally happen. Ben’s pal, Carter (Logan Miller: Night Moves), is a nasty piece of work — almost everything that comes out of his mouth is a sexist slur that is treated by the film as adorably crude yet entirely accurate — but he gets to be a hero, too. Conversely, the one character who is perhaps not entirely a terrible person, enthusiastic Scout Augie (Joey Morgan), is treated by the film like shit, almost literally: he’s the one who gets to enact the “hilariously” humiliating (and yet completely gratuitous and utterly unoriginal) explosive-defecation scene. Every zombie movie needs one of those! This is male juvenile fantasy at its most tired, its most obvious, its most banal, and its most infuriating. Boy dorks get to save the day, and their friendship is reaffirmed as stronger than ever while the humanity of women is dismissed. I wanted them all to die horrible deaths.


See also my #WhereAreTheWomen rating of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse for its representation of girls and women.


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Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015)
US/Can release: Oct 30 2015
UK/Ire release: Nov 06 2015

MPAA: rated R for zombie violence and gore, sexual material, graphic nudity, and language throughout
BBFC: rated 15 (strong bloody violence, gore, sex references, nudity, strong language)

viewed at a private screening with an audience of critics

official site | IMDb | trailer
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