Walter Mencken 3 p.m., July 31
Review: High School
Director John Stalberg’s debut film sat on the shelf for two years and should have held its world premiere at a Red Box.
Releasing High School at a time when the city has put just about every medicinal marijuana dispensary out of business amounts to little more than cruel and unusual punishment. How the hell do they expect people to get though this thing straight?
A pair of budding sativa scholars (Matt Bush, Sean Marquette), destined to ace the principal’s newly mandated schoolwide drug test, decide to even the playing field by stealing dealer Adrien Brody's precious supply of kief and plying the entire graduating class with cannabis brownies.
The film opens with an Asian character named Charlene Phuc which, in retrospect, turns out to be one of the biggest laughs in the film. All the THC in the world wouldn't help make this buzzkill funny. Fans of dope comedies should sue the producers for subjecting them to the old bait and switch.
Without enough laughs and gags to support it, the solid foundation for a stoner comedy dissipates faster than pot smoke in a hurricane. Worth seeing for Brody’s hilarious hyper-loopy turn as a paranoid pot dealer and nothing else.
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