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High School
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Sep 18, 2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
John Stalberg Jr.

Actors:
Matt Bush
Sean Marquette
Adrien Brody

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The day after valedictorian Henry Burke takes his very first hit of the chronic, his school principal institutes mandatory drug tests for all students. Henry has two options: fail and lose his college scholarship or team up with his stoner friend Breaux to beat the system. After all, if everyone fails the drug test, then no one will be expelled, right? What could possibly go wrong when you steal a psycho drug dealer’s stash to get the whole school high?
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This movie originally came out back in 2010. I remember seeing the trailer for it and then nothing else seemingly happened with the film. It more or less just fell off my radar until it showed up in the mail for review.

HIGH SCHOOL is one of those “clever” stoner titles. Without seeing the cover for the film, a trailer or a poster, you’d assume that it was a coming-of-age story or maybe even a documentary. What you get instead is a rather ridiculous story about a boy coming to terms with f*cking up his life by attempting to f*ck up everyone else’s.

The premise of the film is funny enough… the day after the school valedictorian smokes pot for the first time, his school puts a mandatory drug test in place, leading to shenanigans. I thoroughly enjoy a ridiculous stoner flick every now and again, so I settled in for some laughs. If nothing else, at least Adrien Brody looked like he would deliver one of the more colourful performances of his career. For me, it just didn’t deliver what I had hoped. I find that a lot of the time, my issue with comedies is that they’re overhyped. Unfortunately that’s not the case with HIGH SCHOOL since the film didn’t get that much attention. The laughs are just too few and far between.

I feel like HIGH SCHOOL could’ve been something awesome with the right talent attached to it. The leads didn’t really do anything for me though. They didn’t have enough character to really pull off the kind of comedy that I think director John Stalberg Jr. was looking for. Had this movie been cast a bit differently, I think HIGH SCHOOL would’ve come out as a completely different and potentially awesome stoner flick.
THE EXTRAS
There aren’t a whole lot of special features offered with the Blu-ray. You’ve your run-of-the-mill Deleted Scenes as well as anAudio Commentary with Executive Producer/Writer/Director John Stalberg Jr.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
HIGH SCHOOL was kind of like some bizarre mix of Superbad, Pineapple Express and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that really didn’t work. I wanted for it to be funny and I really wanted to enjoy it, but it was mostly just forgettable.
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