No contact high is acquired.
| Original Score: 1/5
I'm betting director John Stalberg Jr. also debated calling it "Bake Sale," revolving as it does around the mass-dosing of the student body with pot brownies.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you.
It's a bit crude, a lot illogical and you might have to be in a certain state of mind to enjoy a film this silly.
| Original Score: C+
I watched this seemingly endless flick with hardly a smile, never mind a laugh.
| Original Score: D
Not only is this drug-related film not as funny as the likes of "Pineapple Express," it isn't even as funny as "Midnight Express"
Surely this could be a fine premise for an entertaining stoner flick. It isn't.
| Original Score: 1/4
Once the plot has sprung into action, "High School" is a bumpy ride that takes a few amusing dives but never coheres into anything special.
| Original Score: 2/5
Somehow, High, directed by newcomer John Stalberg, lured serious talent, including Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks and Michael Chiklis. Even odder: They're the worst actors of the bunch.
...so bad it almost gives me fond memories of "Detention."
| Original Score: D-
Lacking real kick, "High School" winds up as irksome as a bag of ditch weed and as lame as the pun of the film's title.
Brody's performance won't earn him a Oscar to place next to the one he earned for The Pianist nine years ago, but it's the only thing that makes High School marginally worth catching.
High School has such a winning premise that you want to send everyone involved in making it back to the drawing board for a do-over - just take it from the top, folks, and this time everyone actually have a good time.
| Original Score: 4/10
A silly stoner comedy boosted by a few unexpected tweaks, John Stalberg's debut is more notable for its enthusiasm than its originality.
It's exactly what it appears to be: a funny-enough stoner comedy with a likable cast.
| Original Score: 3/5
The movie goes flat when it needs to be upping the tempo and hitting new heights of absurdity.
| Original Score: 2/4
When all else fails, make a joke about balls.
There's no heartfelt bond between the generic main characters, no emotional drive or urgency or pithy observations about life and high school. "High School" only emphasizes the "high."
Can audiences who've seen the Harold & Kumar films and watched Method Man and Redman smoke John Quincy Adams' bones in How High settle for so little?
"High School" is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.