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HIGH School Review

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  • 2.0

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    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Filmmakers must have been tripping pretty badly when they made High School, a flub that's about as lucid as a stoner at a spelling bee.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    High School is a pun. Get it? This is one of those stoner comedies that may be funny if you're high - but if not, not.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 17+

Laid-back comedy centers on heavy teen drug use.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that High School is a drug comedy about teen pot smokers who try to get their entire school stoned in order to thwart a mandatory drug test. There are no positive messages or role models here, and both language and sexual innuendo are extremely strong throughout. There's also some full-frontal female nudity. A scary drug dealer often threatens violence but never delivers. Several teens smoke pot regularly, and most of the characters in the movie are stoned at some point. The movie is aimed at teens, and it has an alluring subversive quality, but parents should be ready to put it in perspective and discuss real-life consequences.

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about drugs and drug use. Do you think the movie is an accurate depiction of social attitudes about marijuana? Why or why not? Does it address any of the consequences of drug use? As a comedy, is it expected to?
  • Are there any stereotypes in this movie among the high schoolers? What about the adults?
  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: High School's "lesson" is that teens can get away with anything if they learn to "loosen up" -- which apparently entails smoking pot and breaking all kinds of rules. In the movie's only positive vein, childhood friends who have drifted apart become close again.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The "good guys" in this movie sell and smoke pot, and the "bad guys" are uptight teetotalers.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Many threats, but no actual violence. Even in a scary encounter with a drug dealer, no one is actually touched. Sexual harassment between a high school principal and his secretary is quickly thwarted.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Two high school girls are seen fully naked, both from the front and from behind. A character attempts to seduce an older woman and fails. Almost constant sexual language and innuendo, of all different types.

  • language false5

    Language: Nearly constant swearing includes countless uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "p---y," "c--t," "c--k," "a--hole," "ass," "balls," "penis," "bitch," "hell," and "goddamn," as well as "Jesus f--ing Christ."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The behavior in High School isn't meant to be taken seriously, but teen characters regularly experiment with drugs. There's almost constant marijuana smoking, and an entire school's worth of teens unknowingly eats pot brownies.