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High School (2010)

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A high school valedictorian who gets baked with the local stoner finds himself the subject of a drug test. The situation causes him to concoct an ambitious plan to get his entire graduating class to face the same fate, and fail.

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John Stalberg Jr.

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Erik Linthorst (screenplay), John Stalberg Jr. (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Psycho Ed
Sean Marquette ... Travis Breaux
Matt Bush ... Henry Burke
Colin Hanks ... Brandon Ellis
Adhir Kalyan ... Sebastian Saleem
Mykelti Williamson ... Paranoid
Michael Chiklis ... Dr. Leslie Gordon
Luis Chávez ... Big Dave
Max Van Ville ... Little Dave
Brett Kelly ... Martin Gordon
Joseph Julian Soria ... Rubin
George Back George Back ... Malcolm
Alicia Sixtos ... Sharky Ovante
Andrew Wilson ... Hippie Dude
Camille Mana ... Dana
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A random drug test coincides with a high school valedictorian's first hit of pot. With his college scholarship at stake, he enlists the school's biggest stoner to help nullify the results of the screening - by getting the entire student body high. Written by John Stalberg, Jr.

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The stakes are high. And so are they. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for pervasive drugs and language, crude and sexual content, some nudity - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

High School - Wir machen die Schule dicht See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$239,034, 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,034, 3 June 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's two stars, Matt Bush and Sean Marquette, are both cast members on The Goldbergs. See more »

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Henry's black-eye changes shades inconsistently throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Leslie Gordon: [trying to take advantage of Tameka] Daddy wants some chocolate!
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Features Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

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"Damn Rough Night'
Performed by Artist Vs Poet
Written by 'Artist Vs Poet/Austin Bello
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Disjointed but amusing
6 June 2012 | by DamnYouGoogleSee all my reviews

The first 35 minutes of High School is some of the most comedy I have seen this year. Yea its in the vein of the Apatow/Seth Roganequse vein of witty banter and ridiculous situations. Unfortunately this films script is so sub plot ridden and contrived it losses me at a lot of places and as the movie goes on the novelty stops working.

Slacker/Stoner/High School Outcast films can work on many levels as character pieces, comedies, faux-action, satires, dramas, romances etc etc, there is very little that hasn't been tried and there is very little that hasn't had a good variation of said sub-genre. High School tries to do it all and its got that copy paste feel only a lazy screenplay can have.

Once again, there are some weird good things about this film, the people being high isn't always super over blown. Matt Bush owns his role pretty well. While Brody and Chikilas are over the top and having fun with what they have to do but it doesn't go anywhere there isn't anything new but at the same time its too all over the place to be a homage to stoner films of yesteryear.

If you like stoner comedies its worth a rental and there is stuff to laugh at but there isn't much of comfort zone in between laughs and boredom.

5/10


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