Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse sounds like it should be a fun movie, doesn't it? We follow the story of three scouts; Ben (Tye Sheridan), Carter (Logan Miller) and Augie (Joey Morgan in his first feature roll). The three of them have been scouts for who knows how many years now, but Ben and Carter are starting to lose interest in it, only staying around to keep Augie company. So, during camping one night, they decide to sneak out to a party. When they get back to town, they discover that a zombie apocalypse has broken out over night. It's up to the three of them, along with a stripper named Denise (Sarah Dumont), to help take down some zombies and save Carter's sister, Kendall (Halston Sage), and her friends from being eaten alive.
The film's opening scene features Blake Anderson, who you may recognise from this year's Dope or the TV show Workaholics, lip syncing to an Iggy Azalea song while erotically dancing on a mop. Starting your movie with an Iggy Azalea song is not a good sign, and yet the film somehow manages to get even worse. It's in this opening scene that we witness what I'm going to presume is the start of the zombie outbreak, or at least the reason as to why the virus spread. The scene has just about every comedy cliché you can think of. It's a game of patience as you wait for the gag you can see coming to finally happen. Oh, his chips got stuck in the vending machine? I can't wait to see them fall down as soon as he's dead.....
Perhaps it was because I'd just spent the last forty minutes bored out of my mind and my expectations were low, but there was one scene midway through the film that was actually surprisingly great. It's the most ridiculous and unexpected moment and it works so well. Without spoiling what the joke is, the scene involves our four heroes and a lone zombie they find hanging around an abandoned truck on the side of the road, and this zombie just so happens to be a Britney Spears fan. It's the only time in this movie were a joke got more than a small nose exhale out of me.
To sum up, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse takes its ridiculously hilarious premise and completely wastes it. There's very little to like about this unfunny, juvenile, slow and predictable flop, featuring very little zombie action until the finale.