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High School (2010)

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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.

Director:

John Stalberg Jr.

Writers:

Erik Linthorst (screenplay), John Stalberg Jr. (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrien Brody ... Psycho Ed
Sean Marquette ... Travis Breaux
Matt Bush ... Henry Burke
Colin Hanks ... Brandon Ellis
Adhir Kalyan ... Sebastian Saleem
Mykelti Williamson ... Paranoid
Michael Chiklis ... Dr. Leslie Gordon
Luis Chávez ... Big Dave
Max Van Ville ... Little Dave
Brett Kelly ... Martin Gordon
Joseph Julian Soria ... Rubin
George Back George Back ... Malcolm
Alicia Sixtos ... Sharky Ovante
Andrew Wilson ... Hippie Dude
Camille Mana ... Dana
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Storyline

A random drug test coincides with a high school valedictorian's first hit of pot. With his college scholarship at stake, he enlists the school's biggest stoner to help nullify the results of the screening - by getting the entire student body high. Written by John Stalberg, Jr.

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Hit It June 1st See more »

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drugs and language, crude and sexual content, some nudity - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 2012 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

High School - Wir machen die Schule dicht See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$239,034, 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$139,034, 3 June 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Harold Faltermeyer provided the film's initial musical score, even providing an interview to /Film regarding the project. However, for reasons which have never been publicly made clear, Faltermeyer's score was replaced with that of The Newton Brothers. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, two kids are playing a prank on a third by dropping him in the pool, and they film it on camera. A little later, the assistant dean is watching it on some "youtube similar site", but the point of view is the movie camera, not the kids' camera, who presumably uploaded the movie. See more »

Quotes

Travis Breaux: Martin, how many brownies did you eat?
Martin Gordon: ...14?
Henry Burke: Jesus...
Travis Breaux: H Christ!
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Connections

Features Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridge to Paradise
Performed and produced by DJ Muggs
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HIGH-ly entertaining buddy comedy that just happens to involve marijuana
22 September 2012 | by highlandpercussionSee all my reviews

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!

I hope you'll believe me when I say this film is so much more than a "stoner comedy". I LOVED it, and have extremely limited experience with other films of that genre. HIGH School made me laugh, made me think...I hope it does the same for you!


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