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  • Summary: So it's the end of the school year, and smarmy Principal Gordon has suddenly instituted a zero-tolerance crusade against his nemesis, the reviled marijuana. A mandatory drug test for all students is to be administered, failure of which will result in immediate expulsion. Normally, this would be of no consequence to straight arrow valedictorian Henry Burke, except he just tried ganja for the very first time. With his college scholarship hanging in the balance, Burke begrudgingly teams up with charismatic pothead Travis Breaux to do the only thing they can think of to neutralize this threat--get the entire student body stoned. (Parallel Media) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 15, 2012
    70
    This madcap romp runs out of steam well before the finish, but its combo of sweetness and high spirits -- not unlike the chemical composition of the dope-infused brownies that serve as a key plot device -- proves sufficiently ingratiating to satisfy viewers.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 30, 2012
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 31, 2012
    40
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    May 31, 2012
    38
    Filmmakers must have been tripping pretty badly when they made High School, a flub that's about as lucid as a stoner at a spelling bee.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    May 29, 2012
    30
    John Stalberg Jr.'s dismal stoner comedy does little to inject any sense of joy or laughter into its depiction of teenage pot antics.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    May 30, 2012
    25
    Adrien Brody delivers a colorful turn as a braided-and-tatted drug kingpin who thinks his pet toad talks to him (funny animal, check!), but High School is otherwise a tedious sludge through the same gray corridors where the same old gags wait around every turn.
  7. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    May 31, 2012
    20
    Instead of putting the high in high school, this film is the kind of drug movie that gives pot smokers a bad name.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 3, 2012
    8
    The setup is nuts, and I love it. It does go into a slightly different direction than you'd expect, showing a smidge more dopey behavior from the teachers than the kids, and the movie is funnier for it. Every joke hits its mark, and lines are delivered rapid-fire style. I consider myself harsh when it comes to comedy, but High School had me in stitches. Bush and Marquette play off one another, each showing comedic timing in back-and-forth dialog, and they make a good team. I couldn't even recognize Michael Chiklis as the principal, and he has some funny moments himself. The film has a smooth but lively music video feel that should appeal to a young audience, and scenes move along briskly. If you liked Project X, you'll love High School. Full review on my blog. Expand
  2. Jan 20, 2013
    7
    Wasn't really sure what to expect going into this one, but I enjoyed it. It's not perfect and starts off slow, but picks up quickly and brings the laughs. Sean Marquette and Matt Bush made a great duo. It reminded me a lot of Project X, so if you liked that movie you should like this one. Expand
  3. Sep 2, 2012
    7
    Alot funnier than I thought it would, definitely better than A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011) in terms of stoner humor. The first 30 minutes are very funny but after that the movie slows down alot, there are still laughs but they are further apart. Everyone is funny in the movie, but the stand out was Adrien Brody and his drug buddy Mykelti Williamson (Paranoid) who got the funniest lines. And it has one of the funniest running gags I've seen in a long time. There was one thing that I couldn't get past, the black eye that the main character had is so incredibly fake that it made the movie seem amateurish, but that's only a minor thing. In all, it was a very funny movie. 7.5/10 Expand

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