"From Zeroes to Heroes"
What You Need To Know:
TROOP ZERO is entertaining, with a fresh, original storyline and a great cast. The movie has a strong moral worldview with some outright Christian elements. It promotes friendship, sacrifice, treating others with respect, and the need for adult guidance in a child’s life. Also, a character prays and asks God for guidance as well as carries balloons saying, “Jesus saves.” However, TROOP ZERO also contains some slapstick violence, foul language, potty humor, and brief politically correct moments about gender stereotypes, such as a boy who gets a hairstyling badge. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for TROOP ZERO.
In TROOP ZERO, a young girl named Christmas must gather a group of misfit kids to compete in the Birdie Scouts competition for the chance to be on NASA’s Golden Record. TROOP ZERO is entertaining and fresh with an outstanding cast and lots of comedy and some positive Christian and moral elements, but there’s lots of mostly light foul language, some potty humor and some light politically correct elements regarding “gender politics,” such as a boy who has a badge for hairstyling.
Set in the 1970s in Georgia, TROOP ZERO opens as Christmas tries to talk to life in space because she’s fascinated by space and science. Christmas often escapes into her own little world because her mother died recently, and she has a small number of friends. Christmas often gets bullied at school and is made fun of for being a “bed wetter.”
One day at school, Christmas overhears a NASA employee detail the Golden Record, a chance to talk to interact with life in space. Christmas tries to join the Birdie Scouts with the hopes of winning the prize. The snobby Birdie Scouts reject Christmas. To her surprise, they even shove her into a locker.
Despite the Birdie Scouts’ meanness, Christmas joins four other students who can form a new troop. The only thing they need left to make their troop official is a troop leader. Christmas asks Miss Rayleen, who works with her father, to be the leader of their troop, and they get the name “Troop Zero” since it’s the only remaining number left.
In order to qualify for the Birdie Scouts competition, each troop member must earn at least one badge on their own. After trial and error discovering what each troop member’s specialty is, the troop earns all the badges needed to attend NASA’s Golden Record competition. They leave for the competition in hopes of winning the grand prize and defeating the local troop.
TROOP ZERO is entertaining, with a fresh, original storyline. The movie has a great cast that includes Viola Davis, Allison Janney and Jim Gaffigan. They fit their characters to the letter. The movie has music that helps capture the time period of the 1970s. Fans of that music will enjoy this nostalgic trip down memory lane.
TROOP ZERO has a strong moral worldview with some overt outright Christian elements. It promotes friendship, sacrifice, treating others with respect, and the need for adult guidance in a child’s life. Also, a character prays and asks God for guidance as well as carries balloons saying, “Jesus saves.” However, TROOP ZERO also contains some objectionable or borderline content. For instance, there’s some slapstick violence, lots of light foul language, some potty humor, and brief politically correct moments concerning gender stereotypes. For example, one of the boys in the troop gets a hairstylist badge and is called “Sparkles.” Consequently, MOVIEGUIDE® advises strong caution.