Entertainment: +3
Acceptability: -1 1/2

Ranger Scout Troop 12 members are frustrated because their single mom leader (Ann Dowd) never takes them on camp-outs. In desperation she hires a macho, no-nonsense professional scout leader (Brad Sullivan) to take them on their first over-night hike. In the meantime, delivery man Max Grabelski (David Stern) is falsely accused of murder and his face is all over television screens and newspapers. Max is dull-witted, obnoxious and lazy, but now he must run for his life to prove he is not the killer. As he heads for the mountains, his path crosses that of Troop 12's leader on his way to pick up the kids. Instead of a wilderness expert the scouts end up with Max, who has obviously never been outside the city limits. Let the adventure begin. Hilarious, non-stop action delights young audiences as Max and his troop face exhausting, death-defying situations and end up local heros. Every boy scout in the country will probably want to see BUSHWHACKED. Every discerning parent will cringe.

Much of the humor is based on either bodily functions or the children's natural curiosity about sex. In one scene, the boys stand on the edge of a cliff and urinate on the head of a man standing below. When the boys discover a copy of Playboy magazine in Max's tent, they ogle the pictures, then ask Max to explain sex to them. A befuddled Max uses Barbie and Ken dolls brought along by the only girl member of the troop to demonstrate. While the dolls are out of camera range, the expressions on the youngsters' faces tell it all. Max mistakes a beehive for a pine cone and suffers massive bee stings. Fortunately, his scouts administer first aid, and he recovers quickly. The group suffers innumerable falls, cliff-hanging situations and a heart-stopping whitewater spill. As Max bonds with his charges, his character transforms into a heroic life saver. The likable kids outshine Max in intelligence and clever solutions to seemingly unsurmountable problems, but all emerge from the woods feeling proud of each other. It's a shame this fun movie has just enough foul language and sexually suggestive dialogue to make it slightly unacceptable.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: 20th Century Fox, 10201 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Crude Language: Many (11) times - Mild 6, Moderate 5
Obscene Language: Several (6) times (no f- or s-words)
Profanity: Several (7) times - Regular 1, Exclamatory 5
Violence: Many times - Mild and Moderate (shoving, jump through glass window, man stuck to car with glue, bear attack, bee attack; life threatening situations: fall into rapids, hang from cliff, cross dilapidated swinging bridge, gun threats)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times (references to genitals; scouts look at Playboy magazine; leader explains sex using Barbie dolls)
Drug Abuse: Scouts drug abductor with medicine; adults smoking
Other: Boys urinate off cliff onto head of man below; girl makes slingshot out of training bra; comments about passing gas
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Intended Audience: Young teenage boys

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