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STUDY HELL
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: Mark McNabb

Starring:
Lindsey Dell
Brian Austin Jr.
Steve McDougall

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A group of students who are actually in a remake of The Breakfast Club have to deal with social issues and a psychotic teacher having war issues. I guess everyone has issues.
Is it good movie?
Well let’s see. First off, about twenty to twenty five minutes of the script was stolen from The Breakfast Club. The princess, the jock, the brain, the freak and the criminal are all represented here. Except the freak is actually kind of cute and looks like Ally Sheedy without the grunge and the “criminal” is a bigger dork than the brain. All of these wacky kids end up in detention spouting off lines from Breakfast Club while their teacher slowly goes psycho and starts going on a murderous rampage. As they are being chased, the kids talk really loud, split up, make out, and sometimes utter more dialogue from the movie. So, does that sound like a good movie? I don’t think so.

It was hard to root for anybody in this flick. I found it irritating and the “homage” to Breakfast Club was ridiculous. They changed some of the dialogue but not much, and they also went into a very generic slasher mode afterwards. The students were annoying, but who wouldn’t be with this script, and the killer is an absolute moron. I can’t believe someone actually thought this would be a good film.

Normally, I would mention the actors but I don’t think this is there fault. Horribly miscast and downright bad, the film is so poorly directed and choppily edited that it felt like someone was in a hurry just to get it done. There is one sequence where a girl is trapped in the killers classroom closet while her fellow student is getting stabbed, although a paper cut looks worse than what this guy got. So next thing you know, she is wandering leisurely through the hall calling out to her friends. She is not frightened, she is not even bothered by the fact that the other dude might be dead. Yet I don’t know if I blame her on that one, the loser was annoying.

So what I learned about myself? If I had to write an essay about it. I learned that I hate movies that borrow liberally from great scripts, have bad choreography and little to no blood. I also hate dumb characters who hold zero interest for me. So is this a good movie? No it’s not. And I accept the fact that I had to waste a whole hour and a half on a Sunday night because I’m reviewing a movie. And I realize that inside… I really hated the film. Even though I’ll give it a half star because of fond memories of a princess, a brain, an athlete, a basket case and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely… JimmyO.
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If I wanted to watch The Breakfast Club I would watch The Breakfast Club. But if you insist on making it into a horror film, have the decency to add real gore, T& A and a criminal that looks less like a brain. No suspense, no action, bad villain and a long drawn out story with a never-ending finale. I’d rather spend time in detention.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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