By Karen Posada
Here’s another pointless, not very funny and brain dead teen comedy ‘High School’. It has a clear set, easy to follow pattern but it’s so formulaic, predictable and ridiculous that is hard to enjoy it. Yes there are some laughs and crazy scenarios, but not much different from other better teen movies that are actually fun and funny to watch to give a recent example ‘Project X’.
Senior Henry Burke (Matt Bush) is persuaded by the school’s biggest stoner Breaux (Sean Marquette) to try marijuana for the first time. In the meantime, principal Gordon (Michael Chiklis) enforces a mandatory drug test in the school, due to many students that have been caught under the influence. Afraid of getting expelled and loosing his college scholarship Henry teams up with Breaux, who comes up with the idea to get the whole school high by spiking the school’s bake sale of brownies. Their biggest obstacle is drug dealer Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody), who is out to hunt them after they steal his most powerful stash. They must find a way of avoiding the crazy drug dealer, as well as their school’s principal in order for their plan to work.
The movie seems to get just as high as the characters do, because the scenes get more ridiculous by the minute. It is a shame to see an actor like Brody taking part of such a mindless project, specially representing a character that has the concentration span of a goldfish. The movie has all the elements to be comedic as well as entertaining, but the premise just falls apart by the predictable scenarios, weak dialogue and nonsensical storyline.
There’s no reason to spend 100 minutes of your life in this movie, when there’s plenty of other teen comedies that have achieved the comedy this one tries very hard get.
Rated: Rated R for pervasive drugs and language, crude and sexual content, some nudity - all involving teens
Release Date: 2012-06-01
Screenplay: Erik Linthorst, John Stalberg
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