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Detention (2012)



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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 get out of detention. -- (C) Sony Picturesmore
Rating: R (for bloody violence, crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some teen drinking and drug use)
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Mark Palermo, Peter Jurt, Marc Palermo, Joseph Kahn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2012
IDP Distribution - Official Site


Josh Hutcherson
as Clapton Davis
Shanley Caswell
as Riley Jones
Aaron David Johnson
as Sander Sanderson
Dane Cook
as Principal Verge
Walter Perez
as Elliot Fink
Parker Bagley
as Billy Nolan
Alison Woods
as Taylor Fisher
Logan Stalarow
as Taylor's Little Brot...
Julie Dolan
as Taylor's Mom
Daniel Negreanu
as Male News Reporter
Will Wallace
as Riley's Dad/Doug Jon...
Joshua Breeding
as Hipster Thief
Joe Keane
as Metro
Lindsey Marie Morgan
as Alexis Spenser
Sophia Zach
as Round Teen Girl
Yves Bright
as Mr. Kendall
James Black
as Mr. Cooper
Jessica Lee
as Cheerleader
Ilana Cohn
as Officer Marge McNall...
Harry Shelley
as Officer Randy Randaz...
Amanda Leatherman
as Monica Lafontaine
Carrie Wiita
as Cinderhella
Eliot Bitting
as Young Billy Nolan
Richard Brake
as Billy Nolan's Dad
Nicolai Dorian
as Sophomore Chump
Bobbie Knockers
as Riley Double
Brian Guest
as Clapton's Shaman
Patrick Babbitt
as Uber Nerd
Bryan East
as Wrestler
Jeff Olen
as Mr. Kendall's Boyfri...
Yimmy Yim
as Angry Dudette
Jay Brian Winnick
as Principal Woodruff
Tyler Sean Palmer
as Burnout Kid
Aaron Albert
as Young Principal Verg...
John Reha
as 1992 Nerd
Aaron Perilo
as Male Student #1
Alison Paige
as Female Student #1
Matthew Albrecht
as Greg/Slashing Beauty
Brooke Haven
as Female Beauty Beast ...
Clayton Reaser
as Male Student #2
Melanie Abramoff
as Lollapalooza Girl
Erich Lane
as Young Doug Jones
Arthur Darbinyan
as Dr. Murdoch
Kate Kelton
as Madison
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Critic Reviews for Detention

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (16)

Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated.

Full Review… | April 13, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Detention

"The movie is messy with a lot of random shit happening. I didn't mind it though. I found it stupid, but also entertaining and funny. The movie is meant to be the way it is. I can't express that enough to those who hate it so much. It doesn't try to be anything else but quirky and silly. Even the cast was a lot of fun and they all did well with their parts. I enjoyed it. It was good to see some gore and have a laugh too. It's probably not a film for everyone. If you liked Shawn of the Dead, then you might like this one. It's not nearly as good as Shawn of the Dead, but it is in the same family as that film."


Super Reviewer


I am fascinated by what this film is trying to be, failing at being, and actually is.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer


I literally have no idea what this film is trying to accomplish, and the story makes absolutely no sense, but honestly it was kind of fun to watch. Josh Hutcherson is clearly mis-casted in this film that is actually about nothing. It follows a bunch of cliched teenagers as they survive their final year of high school, while going back in time and switching bodies. Most of the time I had no clue what was going on so I found good in some of the dialogue, which was pretty funny at times. This is easily one of the worst films of 2012, but I had too much fun watching it and making fun of it to call it a disaster. It has some nice ideas but it needed an entirely different crew working on it. "Detention" sucks!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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