High School

2012

High School (2012)

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The day after soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) takes a hit of the chronic for the first time, his school principal (Michael Chiklis) institutes a zero tolerance drug policy and administers a mandatory drug test for all students. Henry has two options: fail and lose his college scholarship, or team up with his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) to beat the system. They steal a high powered ganja from law student-turned-drug-dealer Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody) and spike the school's bake sale brownies, getting the whole school-faculty included-completely stoned out of their minds. But with the student body getting higher and higher with every brownie, and a pissed-off Psycho Ed on their tails for stealing his stash, they must find a way to keep their half-baked plan from going up in smoke. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Adrien Brody
as Psycho Ed
Matt Bush
as Henry Burke
Sean Marquette
as Travis Breaux
Michael Chiklis
as Dr. Leslie Gordon
Colin Hanks
as Brandon Ellis
Adhir Kalyan
as Sebastian
Luis Chavez
as Big Dave
Max Van Ville
as Little Dave
George Back
as Malcolm
Alicia Sixtos
as Sharky Ovante
Andrew Wilson
as Hippie Dude
Julia Ling
as Charlyne
Mary Birdsong
as Mrs. Gordon
Yeardley Smith
as Mrs. Unger
Curtis Armstrong
as Mr. Armstrong
Nadine Crocker
as Emily Tooms
Kevin Yon
as Mr. Cavanaugh
Michael Eshaq
as Lead Terrorist
Kellie Rasmus
as Hippie Chick
Heather Kleisner
as Henry's Mom
Karl Murphy
as Band Teacher
Heather Regan
as Cheerleader Who Collides With Henry
Alex Biats
as Spelling Bee Rival
Clarence Smith
as Chess Opponent
Ron Ayers
as Stunned Lawn Blower
Randy Godwin
as Donor #2
Mike Evans
as Donor #3
Wallace Bridges
as African American Donor
Shirley Benyas
as Older Female Donor
Julia Ho
as News Anchor
Tom Ingram
as News Anchor #2
Barret Swatek
as Female News Desk Reporter
John Beard
as Male News Desk Reporter
Kerry Birmingham
as Female Reporter
Mike Woods
as Announcer
John O'Hurley
as Drug PSA Narrator
Wyatt Russell
as Drug PSA Stoned Teenager
David Herbst
as School Security Guard
Linda Boston
as Head Nurse
Rachel Quaintance
as Angry Parent #1
Peter Tocco
as Angry Parent #2
Sammy Publes
as Cook #1
Rene Santana
as Cook #2
John Stalberg, Jr.
as Grandpa Frodo (Ed's Frog)
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Critic Reviews for High School

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (18)

A stoner comedy with a slightly musty vintage aroma.

Jun 8, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

High School sucks harder than it blows.

Jun 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/4

If it ever opens at a theater near you, remember: Just say no.

Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The only good news for everyone involved: The worst moment in your career is surely behind you.

Jun 1, 2012 | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

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.

Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for High School

½

While making his first visit to high school detention, Henry(Matt Bush) reacquaints himself with Travis(Sean Marquette), a former childhood friend. After which, they share a little marijuana. And then Henry finds out it is the worst possible time to try illegal drugs for the first time when after a debacle at the spelling bee, Headmaster Gordon(Micharel Chiklis) announces drug testing for all students, which could not only ruin Henry's run at valedictorian, but also more importantly his scholarship to MIT. So, Henry and Travis hatch a scheme to get everybody at school stoned and thereby ruining the drug test results, followed by a visit to Psycho Ed(Adrien Brody) for supplies. First off, "High School" has its heart in the right place, even if its humor is not. In general, it argues for not putting students under huge pressure by holding them to perfection, which is worse when applied to athletes who face the possibility of a 15,000 word article in Sports Illustrated if they screw up. Specifically, the movie smartly takes aim at the war on drugs and any kind of drug testing. So, it is sad to note in the opening scene, the movie establishes exactly how crude its sense of humor is, doing little to differentiate itself from your garden vulgarity of teenage comedies, replete with contrived nudity, even with a neat turn from Adrien Brody. And while stoner logic might be fine and good in some places, it is real life logic that the movie has trouble with, as there is no way two guys could bake 1,000 brownies in a single night. In any case, it would have been more fun to see them struggle to bring their plan to fruition than its aftermath.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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High School isn't funny considering it's a film about stoners. You can't smoke enough bud for this film to be funny. There are only two reasons to watch this film, Adrian Brody and Michael Chiklis. They are the only two who give out performances worth watching. They both play over the top characters. They are the only reason I stuck with the film until the end. See it if you want. I wish I would have puff - puff - passed on this bad excuse for a stoner film.

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½

"Future going up in smoke? Make sure it's some primo shit." 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.

REVIEW
It's not just the film's stoner antics, but the wonderfully natural dynamic between protagonists Henry and Travis (Matt Bush and Sean Marquette) that make this film such a delight! At it's heart, that's what "High School" seems to be about: two very different guys finding friends in each other in the midst of a sticky situation. Many equally memorable moments are offered thanks to the expert talents of Michael Chiklis and Adrien Brody. Chiklis (as pompous Dr. Leslie Gordon) exudes a deliciously-villainous disdain throughout the film. His inflated sense of righteousness, and Shakespearean presence, make him a truly love-to-hate personality. As Psycho Ed, Adrien Brody is just so damn fun to watch! One moment his crazed behavior had me in a laughing fit; next, his insane anger had me scared for Henry and Travis' safety. Dr. Gordon and Ed are uniquely accomplished performances that add so much to High School's entertainment value.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] I liked the premise of High School more than I enjoyed the actual product. I think the problem is simple, it's constantly wanting to combine gross out humour and old style stoner comedy but ultimately it never proves that it's pure and energetic enough for that. The incredibly poor performances and it's staggeringly cliche ridden script doesn't do it any favours and so consequently the film never really manages to express much comedic charisma at all. On a positive note I found loads of good laughs in the first half of the film, it actually appears that when the screenwriters were penning it they actually tried to make a good comedy and not your average teen comedy flick. The unknown cast do an okay job of handling the characters but the flaw in all of it is that they're never actually funny. However when it comes to Adrien Brody's character, he scores comedic timing brilliantly, more than everyone else and he plays a role that only has a very limited contribution in the film. I just laughed so hard at him, he's a great actor, and there are a handful of good jokes at the side accompanying him but that's about all there is to it. There's little you can say about High School really, apart from, it isn't very funny.

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