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|Original title:||Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 93 min.|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
For Augie (Joey Morgan), there's only one thing in life that really gives him great joy: earning as many Boy Scout badges as possible with his best friends Carter (Logan Miller) and Ben (Tye Sheridan). But the two have actually long since grown tired of camping, canned beans, and latrine duty. They'd rather go to parties and meet girls - which is nearly impossible in their Boy Scout uniforms. But just when the opportunity presents itself for them to go to the coolest party in town, a zombie epidemic breaks out in their backwater. And it's not long before everyone's fate is in the hands of three scouts and sexy barmaid Denise (Sarah Dumont), who must fight their way through a town full of the undead and zombie cats together.
Scouts vs. Zombies - Handbook to the Zombie Apocalypse is an unrestrainedly silly zombie comedy that makes it clear from the opening sequence: if you want to be creeped out, expect a sophisticated horror film or reject infantile humour, you're guaranteed to be in the wrong movie. Because when there are zombies dancing to Britney Spears, zombie cats, zombie breasts, zombie penises, trigger-happy barmaids in skimpy outfits and boys controlled by their hormones, standards and sophistication can be said goodbye at the box office. When even Bambi turns into a bloodthirsty monster and for the zombies in general no rules seem to apply - sometimes they are fast, sometimes slow, sometimes they just grunt, sometimes they can almost speak - then it should be clear to even the last: here it's just about having fun for 90 minutes.
The film is perfect for a damp-happy men's evening. If you're in a good mood anyway, then you'll also enjoy laughing at somewhat pubescent gags that primarily target the lower body regions. Then you won't be annoyed by the fact that, within the framework of the genre, every form of logic is disregarded and countless clichés are blithely juggled. But once you've got into it, this comedy is quite enjoyable. Director Christopher Landon, who directed rather unintentional comedy with Paranormal Activity: The Marked, doesn't even try to create any real suspense. He's created a pure party movie, with gore, gags and sex - nothing more, but nothing less either.
The actors fight their way through the absurd events with obvious enjoyment, not bothering that they're just walking clichés or the stuff of wild male dreams. And it's this loose play, combined with the unabashedly silly yet somehow charming staging, that makes the film so entertaining. Certainly, Scouts vs. Zombies - Handbook to the Zombie Apocalypse is not a particularly intelligent film. Some gags are really stupid and some effects are extremely trashy. But since there is no secret about such weaknesses and there are many really funny, weird and even the one or other original idea, the bottom line is absolutely positive. So, to protect against zombies and bad gags just leave your brain at the box office and enjoy unrestrained fun. Because then there is also a clear: Worth seeing!
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