Scout’s dis­hon­our

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SCOUT’S GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCA­LYPSE ★★ Di­rected by Christo­pher Landon. Star­ring Tye Sheri­dan, David Koech­ner, Cloris Leach­man, Sarah Du­mont, Lo­gan Miller. 15A cert, gen­eral re­lease, 92 min

Have you ever sat in a cin­ema think­ing, “This movie could re­ally use a zombie cun­nilin­gus scene?” Good news! For the un­abashedly vul­gar Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apoca­lypse is upon us.

It’s all about the body parts: namely tits, ass and in­testines as three dorky teens – de­cent­minded Ben (Tye Sheri­dan), peren­ni­ally horny Carter (Lo­gan Miller) and bully-bait Augie (Joey Mor­gan) – team up with a strip-club cock­tail waitress (Sarah Du­mont) to lay splat­tery waste to hordes of the un­dead. Note: we said cock­tail waitress, not strip­per, be­cause she’s this film’s idea of a Strong Fe­male Char­ac­ter: shot­gun and hot­pants.

Movies wherein teens are look­ing to “get some” de­pend on solid writ­ing (see Su­per­bad) and the charms of the ac­tors. Clearly tak­ing a note from the the play­book of Miles Teller, who moves be­tween high( Whiplash) and low-fa­lutin’ ( Project X, 21 & Over) – Tye Sheri­dan ( The Tree of Life, Mud) brings heart to oth­er­wise mer­it­less ma­te­rial.

Scout’s Guide feels as though it was cob­bled from bits of Evil Dead 2 and Risky Busi­ness. Even the jokes, no­tably a strip club called Lau­rence of A-Labia, have been half-inched from other sources (in this in­stance, the hardly ev­er­green Sex and the City 2).

The of­ten con­fus­ing ac­tion is fran­tic and jolt­ingly shot, yet still leaves room for stul­ti­fy­ing longueurs. Vet­eran comics David Koech­ner and Cloris Leach­man are wasted: the lat­ter de­serves bet­ter than this film’s butt-munch­ing scene. The zom­bies make for rub­bish foes: even a Brit­ney Spears tune can de­feat them.

De­merit badges all round.

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