So I had written a review while watching the movie, and went to post it today, but apparently I was high as shit when I wrote it. At least, I thought I had written something. My first article is as follows:
“WHAT IF RETAIL STORES WERE COUNTRIES? AND WE ALL WENT TO WAR. WHO WINS? TELL ME THAT, OBAMA. GIMME SOME ANSWERS, ROMNEY.”
Apparently I’m a political analyst when I’m high. Then I decided to not be stoned while I watched the movie. Real review follows:
Buttstonked. The word they use in this film to describe being really, really high.
Buttstonked. On the Cannabis Sativa.
I had no idea what to expect going into High School. It has some big name actors. Stoner comedies are almost always hilarious. But what makes this one different?
Henry Burke (Matt Bush,) is about to be the valedictorian with a scholarship to MIT. He just has to pass his finals. Well that, and a school wide drug test the day after his first hit of weed. So he and his friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) decide to spike the bake sale brownies and get the whole school high. In doing this, they have to steal a powerful concentrated form of THC from Crazy Ed (Adrien Brody) with which to make the brownies. Michael Chiklis also stars as the school’s principal, who initiates the drug testing.
Like I said, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It didn’t get a big theatrical release, even though it has some famous actors. But that seems to be the case with a lot of indie films. I legitimately enjoyed it.
The acting really stands out. When we’re introduced to Psycho Ed, he’s talking with his frog. Yes, his frog. Adrien Brody is funny. He’s covered in tattoos. His eye twitches. Marquette’s character comments that it looks like someone poured snake blood into his eyes. His response? Thank You. Michael Chiklis is fucking hilarious as the principal. His portrayal is exactly what we all thought the high school principal was like behind closed doors. I know these are minor characters, but they’re the ones who really make this movie.
As far as quotability, this film comes nowhere near Dazed & Confused or Pineapple Express. I honestly can’t think of a single memorable line. But that doesn’t make the plot bad. It’s a well written, and funny story. Where does it hold itself in the annals of Stoner Comedy? Definitely at the bottom, but it cements its position.
High School is available now on DVD and Blu-ray through Anchor Bay Films. Check it out, but promise not to be too buttstonked, and miss some great performances.
Oh, and when Psycho Ed is first introduced, keep an eye out for Evil Dead 2 on the TV. I suppose that’s how this film comes full circle.