Oh, the wasted promise of this film. It really had potential. In fact, as it started out I though it might be for Cloris Leachman (The Wedding Ringer) what Lake Placid was for Betty White. But, alas, her part is too small. And, overall, it is just a silly movie that never quite gets out of its own way or delivers on the promise of the title despite some good performances.
Tye Sheridan (X-Men: Apocalypse), Logan Miller (Take Me to the River), and Joey Morgan play a triumverate of friends whose bonding began with meeting in the scouts at a young age. Of course, they’re older now and some are ready to move on.
There are, naturally, some females in the mix to prompt our hormone laden lads with some incentive. Sarah Dumont provides a serious kick-ass character who helps guide the boys to being men. And Halston Sage (Goosebumps) has a sweet role as an older sister, if not exactly a strong woman.
Director and co-writer Landon (Disturbia) kept things grounded most of the time. But, like Lazer Team, it kept overstepping the mark for me and rarely had surprises to offer. It also never quite figured out who its audience was: young adolescent boys or a more general audience. Aspects like the running joke that is David Koechner (Krampus) just got tiresome and never really paid-off because it was both too convenient and too silly. And, though scouting is central to the theme and story, the idea of “always be prepared” and survival skills never get their showcase except in the most oblique way.
For a rainy Saturday afternoon or a late-night, slightly altered experience, it wouldn’t be bad with popcorn and libation. As a pure flick, it just doesn’t quite have the chops.