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High School

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Laid-back comedy centers on heavy teen drug use.

Movie R 2012 97 minutes
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Director John Stalberg makes his feature debut with this low-key but amiable comedy, which borrows from many other movies (Animal House, Superbad, Pineapple Express) but still has its own spirit. Though it's not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny, it runs a bit long, and it grows a little lethargic in its final third, HIGH SCHOOL is still mildly amusing. One of its best and longest-running jokes has the confused characters asking each other "what?" again and again.

Oddly, though High School features the typical lame adult characters, Chiklis steals scenes as the principal, while Brody, as the psychotic drug dealer, steals many others. Their combined bizarre antics give the rather ordinary teens something to react to. The movie seems to condone drug use as a way to loosen up and see life for what it really is; the good guys don't really pay a price for their deeds. It will be up to viewers to decide whether the likeable teens are actually good characters.

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