About Scout: Review

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This Southern-fried coming-of-age drama sees a rebellious teenage girl try to escape her dysfunctional family life.

After her little sister is taken by her deadbeat dad and she’s threatened with foster care, the 15-year-old Scout (India Ennenga) skips town in a stolen car, but not before breaking her new friend (Animal Kingdom’s James Frecheville) out from a psychiatric hospital. The ‘unconventional’ pair take a road trip across Texas to find Scout’s sister, and as usual, themselves.

This is About Scout’s big problem. It’s not that the characters aren’t interesting or well played, but their stories feel tired. All the standard tropes are ticked off, and dulled further by lacklustre dialogue and amateurish cinematography. Able support from Ellen Burstyn and Danny Glover only serves to highlight that the film is failing some fine actors.

That said, it does have something of a dark edge – most evident in a scene in which Scout ties up a convenience store employee while wearing a pair of Lolita’s heart-shaped sunglasses – but overall About Scout is as worn and dusty as a Texas highway.

About Scout (originally titled Scout) is a 2015 American comedy-drama film directed and written by Laurie Weltz. The film stars India Ennenga, James Frecheville, Nikki Reed, Danny Glover and Ellen Burstyn. The film had its world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on April 25, 2015. It was scheduled to be released on March 11, 2016, in a limited release and through video on demand by Breaking Glass Pictures and Reel Red Films.

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