Coming a few months after the Boy Scouts were cinematically defined by Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom
, Todd Rohal’s Nature Calls
goes a different route, trading melancholy and whimsy for R-rated gags while still aiming to hit some sentimental grace notes. Sadly, it misses every one of them.
The movie stars Patton Oswalt as Randy, a lifelong Scout who leads the troop started by his now wheelchair-dependent elderly father. The troop is crumbling -- overprotective parents won’t let the boys camp anywhere other than a parking lot, and the kids themselves would rather play video games than learn how to tie a tourniquet. The last straw for Randy comes...