A handful of high-school students struggle to make it through senior year without dying in this manic satire of teen-themed slasher flicks and youth comedies. Riley (Shanley Caswell) is a clever but cynical social outcast at Grizzly Lake High School, and she's the unrequited love object of Sander (Aaron David Johnson), who is even less popular and more sexually frustrated than she is. Meanwhile, ironically named hipster Clapton (Josh Hutcherson) is head over heels for Ione (Spencer Locke), a beautiful but self-obsessed ...
A handful of high-school students struggle to make it through senior year without dying in this manic satire of teen-themed slasher flicks and youth comedies. Riley (Shanley Caswell) is a clever but cynical social outcast at Grizzly Lake High School, and she's the unrequited love object of Sander (Aaron David Johnson), who is even less popular and more sexually frustrated than she is. Meanwhile, ironically named hipster Clapton (Josh Hutcherson) is head over heels for Ione (Spencer Locke), a beautiful but self-obsessed cheerleader. All four are waiting out their final year of high school, but it's anyone's guess if they'll see graduation, as a serial killer known as CinderHella is on the loose and preying on Grizzly Lake's student body. The principal (Dane Cook) is certain CinderHella is a disgruntled student and figures he can keep the prom from turning into a bloodbath by putting the likely suspects in all-day detention on the day of the big dance, but obviously that doesn't go as he planned. Meanwhile, various students struggle with shape-shifting, contract flesh-eating diseases, discover time travel, and fall victim to a gang making porn videos on school grounds. Directed by Joseph Kahn (who makes an uncharitable reference to his own directorial debut in the early reels), Detention received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. Mark Deming, Rovi
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Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook, Josh Hutcherson. 2012 Run time: 93. Brand New. Sticker on front of shrink wrap. Your purchase benefits world-wide relief efforts of Mennonite Central Committee.
There are movies called 'Detention'. At least one is supposed to be awful. This is why it's very important that if you get 'Detention', to watch, that you get the one with Dane Cook. He plays as a supporting cast member.
Thus: if you decide to get 'Detention' only get it if Dane Cook is listed in the cast. This is probably listed as a teen-age movie, which is usually the kiss of death [unless you're a teen-ager]. But this one goes beyond 'teen-age'. examples of this rare movie style are: 'Farris Buller's Day Off' and '10 Things I Hate About You'. Through most of this film it wasn't making any sense; I was left asking: 'Why the heck would I want to watch this!?'
Well, it seemed to have no plot or real story line through about 85% of the movie. At that point somebody said: 'S-*;! The plot and story line aren't here." So then they -kind of- force feed it to their audience. B-U-T, while the plot and story line were failing the film was rather mesmerizing. I would say that there was real good characterization, camera work, and they made the atmosphere visually pleasing. As I'm watching I'm thinking: "This is as stupid as 'Dazed and Confused' or 'Super Bad'." [both not worth seeing] Generally, time travel is a bad idea, too. But in the 'Detention' [with Dane Cook, not the other] there were some wonderful little things, that you'd see in the back ground- and not notice, that would be explained late in the film. IN the end there is no real horror in this film, though there is a lot of dark comedy. I'd say that it should be listed as a comedy- a dark comedy. It felt like it was directed at the philosophy of cliques in high school are mean spirited [not as much as 'Mean Girls' or 'Cruel Intentions'].
*SPOILER ALERT*- In summation: tearing the fabric of time and space is not only bad' but changes to make it right will still have implications on the future; though these changes could be positive implications on the new future. Probably, most of the loose ends were covered in this film. It really is worth seeing and I'm sure that I will watch it several more times in my life- unless I have to go back in time to fix some little problem.