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An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer, which will in turn save the world - if only they can
Apr 13, 2012 Limited
Jul 31, 2012
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Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.
There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp.
Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...
In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.
Detention is unlike any teen slasher you've ever seen, or quite possibly will see. It's proof that fresh ideas and off the wall filmmaking are still a possibility in today's cinematic world.
It's hard not to admire the absolute commitment to a script that is very ambitious and totally bonkers in the plot department. And maybe its lack of focus is meant to reflect the scattered attention spans of its audience.
The Breakfast Club meets Scream in self-consciously quirky teen horror comedy mash-up Detention - with elements of Freaky Friday, Donnie Darko and a string of other movies thrown into the pot too.
Detention is a hypnotic hipster acid trip - a brazenly irreverent jolt to the system that screams cult gem.
...too weird and too off-the-wall to become anything more than a mildly amusing curiosity.
I often fell in to the category of despising it but also kept dabbling in the area of admiration for being so unpredictable and original.
Its willingness to not only acknowledge but outright revel in its own shallowness is refreshing.
The story makes little sense, but the rapid-fire jokes are amusing at times. Sometimes they hit, sometimes they miss. Just keep plugging away and the audience may laugh a time or two.
An over-the-top film of boundless energy and if not empty voice then at least wholly scattershot imagination; full of robust but scrupulously manufactured eccentricities.
If you're a film lover who watches movies all the time, it's nice to have a film or two out there that elevates the craft of watching a movie. I know I need to go to the next level sometimes.
Kahn's fast-paced, Aaron Sorkin-like "Detention" deserves cult-hit status. Just as "The Social Network" embodies our Facebook culture, this SXSW film-festival favorite rewrites today's high school movie bible.
Once you get past the movie's rough beginnings and adjust to its goofy spirit and episodic randomness, Detention becomes a good deal of fun.
Sort of like The Breakfast Club meets Donnie Darko, except without a hint of subtlety.
Audience Reviews for Detention
- Riley Jones: Clapton Davis, you are more concept than reality.
- Ione: You're my Ralph Macchio. Do the crane thing.
- Taylor Fisher: I'm Taylor Fisher and I'm a BITCH. Beauty. Intelligence. Talent. Charisma. Hoobastank.
- Clapton Davis: Your fighting style is so obnoxious.
- Clapton Davis: Clapton don't dance.
- Ione: I wish my mom would go to a different planet instead of being a drunken has-been who's full of shit.
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