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'Scouts Guide' is zombie apocalypse fun - for the right audience

'Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse' has its moments, but doesn't break any new ground. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES/Courtesy)

'Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse' has its moments, but doesn't break any new ground. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES/Courtesy)

"Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse" is a horror comedy in which three friends find themselves in the midst of a zombie attack and must use all their Boy Scout training to save themselves, their friends and escape the city before time runs out.

Let's start by saying that this film isn't going to be for everyone - definitely not for kids, as the humor is raunchy, juvenile and, in a few instances, gross. Think of it as "Superbad" meets "Dawn of the Dead" and that alone should tell you if you think this movie will be for you.

The movie doesn't offer anything new in terms of horror or even teen comedy clichés, as our three main leads are every generic teenage character we've seen before. We have the good-hearted white knight (Tye Sheridan), the girl-obsessed slacker (Logan Miller) and the chubby nerd (Joey Morgan), but thankfully the actors all do a solid job of playing their respective characters and all three of them do have good chemistry together.

The comedy, like the scares, hits the mark roughly around 70 percent of the time as there are a few good laughs and even a few effective scares sprinkled around this film. The movie's campy tone even manages to invoke a sense of nostalgia as the story at times feels like a throwback to similar goofy horror films of the 1980s and '90s. They even threw in a few visual nods to some classic horror movies here and there.

Still, the film has its flaws. Several of the jokes fall flat and some of the comedic setups will leave you scratching your head, such as distracting a zombie with a Brittney Spears song. Some even fizzle out as though the writers didn't quite know how to end the joke so they just, well, stopped.

Also, the film drags a bit in the beginning while you're waiting for the characters to finally notice something is wrong with their town. Thankfully, once the action gets going, there is enough to keep the viewer engaged until the end. Also, it's worth mentioning that the movie is held up by solid cinematography and a good soundtrack which at times even contributes to the film's humor.

If you've seen the trailers and didn't see any appeal in the humor presented, I'd pass. But if you, like me, can stomach a little immature humor mixed in with your zombie horror, then I'd recommend it, even if you do decide to wait for the rental copy. As long as you go in knowing what kind of movie this is - a juvenile romp through the end of days - then there is fun to be had. Scout's honor. Two out of four Miners.

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