High School is a stoner comedy about two teenagers, who decide to get their entire high school stoned on pot brownies in order to mess up the results of a drug test set up by the very strict headmaster (played by a nearly unrecognizable Michael Chiklis).
The problem with many stoner comedies is that if you are not a marijuana smoker yourself, it can be hard to find humour in these types of movies. Indeed, High School is filled with much “pot propaganda” in the early half and I found myself groaning, rather than laughing.
However, the element that attracted me to the film was Adrien Brody, who is playing against type as a crazed foul-mouthed drug dealer named Psycho Ed. I am happy to say that he is probably the funniest character in the film and I enjoyed the film much better when he was on screen.
Also, I found that I enjoyed the stoner comedy a bit more in the latter half, especially when it involved the adult characters (Colin Hanks as the Assistant Headmaster was particularly funny).
Overall, I’d give High School a pass.
7 | FAIR