Paramount Pictures invited me to a screening of their new film, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. And I LOVED it. The movie is gross, suspenseful, and hilarious. It’s also a fun and honest comment on teen life in 2015. #deerselfie
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse follows teenage best friends and scouts Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller), and Augie (Joey Morgan) as they fight to save their home town from a zombie invasion.
Soon, they meet awesomely badass “cocktail waitress,” Denise (Sarah Dumont), who fights alongside the guys as they rush to save everyone from these flesh-eating creatures.
Thanks to their epic scouting skills, the guys are able to join forces with Denise to grow as friends, mature as young men, and, oh yeah, kick some serious zombie ass.
The film was directed by Christopher Landon and written by Landon, Emi Mochizuk, Carrie Lee Wilson, and Lona Williams. In addition to Sheridan, Miller, Morgan, and Dumont, the film also stars David Koechner and Cloris Leachman.
I was shocked at how invested I was in the film! And I wasn’t expecting such strong character development.
Not only were the characters great, but the cast was EXCELLENT! The three guys had amazing chemistry; it really felt like they could be best friends. And *side-bar* I LOVED that the main cast members are “unknowns.”
I don’t want to give away too much about the characters but I definitely have a soft spot for sweet, tough, and hilarious, Augie.
And, from a female empowerment standpoint, I loved Denise’s character! I thought it was great that a good-hearted, strong female took control in the beginning and showed the guys that it was time to defend themselves. For me, her character was a symbolic and literal representation of what it means to be emotionally and physically brave in the face of tremendous adversity – Super rad.
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is a fun, NEW, and real, take on a zombie film! It absolutely feels like this is what would happen if three teenage scouts found themselves in a zombie apocalypse situation. I love how unique it is and it’s a riot to see how they use “scouting” so well throughout the movie! (i.e. “Mad Tracking skills.”)
If you like zombies and silly yet clever comedies, RUN to see this movie. IMMEDIATELY. Don’t walk; RUN! It’s so much fun. The film is boldly full of 14-year-old boy humor.
But, don’t let that fool you; I was laughing just as hard as the guy in his 40s sitting in front of me, the lady in her 60s sitting diagonally across from me, and the two teenage boys sitting in the front row. I’m not sure how those boys lucked out and got to come to this screening but they were PSYCHED. I’ve never seen bigger smiles walking out of a movie theater.
In addition to being hilarious, as I mentioned above, this film also has a lot of heart! Like, a shocking amount of heart. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse was genuinely touching at times! The film did a really awesome job of communicating some very difficult and serious issues that many teenagers have to face.
Some of the strongest themes in the film were the importance of friendship, the difficulties of overcoming grief, and how, no matter what, you should always be yourself and love what you love! In a very fun way, the film illustrated the significance of embracing exactly who you are and not giving a shit about what other people think of you! And that is an especially important message for teenagers. I thought it was fantastic.
If you wanna get all crazy-intellectual about it, as my husband pointed out, the zombies could represent society and how monstrous it can be. But you have to fight through that and be YOU! Don’t let society or other people tell you what to love or what to be! Just be yourself. Because you are amazing!
I would give the film a solid 9 on a scale of 1-10!
Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse comes out into theaters TODAY, October 30th! It’s the perfect Halloween movie! Enjoy!
Official hashtag = #ScoutsvsZombies