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My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017)

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Critic Consensus: My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea's attention-getting visual style matches debuting writer-director Dash Shaw's distinctive narrative approach -- and signals a bright future for a promising talent.

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From acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) comes an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash (Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys' friendship, Dash learns of the administration's cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. But even as the film piles on brilliant details like a post-apocalyptic cult formed by jocks, video game homages, and an infectious synth soundtrack, it never loses sight of the characters at the heart of the story. Hailed as "the most original animated film of the year" and "John Hughes for the Adult Swim generation" (Indiewire), the film's everyday concerns of friendships, cliques and young love remind us how the high school experience continues to shape who we become, even in the most unusual of circumstances.

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Susan Sarandon
as Lunch Lady Lorraine
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Principal Grimm
Louisa Krause
as Gretchen
John Cameron Mitchell
as Brent Daniels
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The animation set pieces scattered throughout the movie are frequently inspired, pulling in all manner of media and materials, and the backgrounds can be dazzling.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

It's crazy and ridiculous at times. But I can't help agreeing with Assaf, who observes, of his companions' rescue plans, "I like it. It has the logic of a dream."

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

At first I wasn't receptive to Shaw's smudgy, wobbly visual clutter. Then I realized, "Oh, this is a thing."

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Shaw's animation is a loopy, inventive mish-mosh of elements: thick pen outlines, fine etching work, washes of finger-painted color, and the occasional outbreak of full-on psychedelia.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Doesn't plumb the depths of adolescent emotions and high-school politics so much as skims the surface in a psychedelic dinghy.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Mostly - as that title deserves - it's a funny, imaginative trip down a high-school rabbit hole, in which we're reminded that catastrophic disasters may come and go but what matters in high school is where you fit on the school's social ranking.

April 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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