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.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 6.5/10 (327 voted)
Critic's Score: 31/100
Stars: Matt Bush, Sean Marquette, Adrien Brody
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.
Writers: Erik Linthorst, John Stalberg
Dr. Leslie Gordon
Max Van Ville
Future going up in smoke? Make sure it's some primo shit.
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Release Date: 3 Jan 2010
Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Excellent addition to the stoner canon
Smoking makes most everything funny, and many will have a go-to
selection of movies that pair especially well with pot. It's
surprising, then, that movies about weed don't automatically fit into
that category. If you've ever been sober in a room full of smokers you
know that watching other people get stoned just ain't that funny, and
it's even more difficult for a movie to impart a contact high.
Fortunately, High School straddles the divide between "stoner movie"
and "movie to watch while stoned", because it's very, very funny. The
plot is a lean, generic high school story - Henry (Matt Bush) is the
straight-A valedictorian, tempted astray just before graduation by
stoner and one-time friend Travis (Sean Marquette) after a chance
accident lands them in detention. Henry tries pot for the first time,
just as Principal Gordon (Michael Chiklis) is about to call for a
school-wide drug test after a spelling bee incident embarrasses his
school's good name. Henry and Travis plan to foil the drug test by
getting the whole school high on drug savant Psycho Ed's (Adrian Brody)
The setup is goofy but handled lightly and with a relatively straight
face, which already distinguishes the movie from pure stoner material
like How High or Cheech and Chong. The laughs come early and often, not
relying too much on stoner tropes (although they're around if you want
'em) or character mugging, but on good, old-fashioned gags. The pace is
a little uneven, perhaps because the script runs very tight around the
speedy storyline, but the comedy is not.
Brody is given plenty of space to go wild; by the end his influence on
the film is much bigger than his screen time. The same could be said on
a lesser scale for Colin Hanks as vice-principal Brandon and Yeardley
Smith as a teacher, who do typically fine jobs. Bush and Marquette, the
two young leads, hold up their end of the bargain very well.
This is a movie that deserves to find wide distribution. If Pineapple
Express, a perfectly entertaining movie in its own way, can find a
decent audience, then for this to be left on the shelf is criminal. If
you get the chance and you're even remotely curious, see it. Once
again: it's very, very funny.