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'High School'
(Michael Chiklis, Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Sean Marquette, Matt Bush, et al / DVD / R / (2010) 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: The day after valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) takes his very first hit of the chronic his school principal (Michael Chiklis) institutes mandatory drug tests for all students. Henry has two options: fail and lose his college scholarship, or team up with his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) to beat the system!

DVD Verdict: First of all, Michael Chiklis is so unrecognisable as the High School Principle that for most all the film I thought he was actually Brendan Gleeson ('Harry Potter,' 'Safe House')! Even had his voice! Very creepy good! Anyway, moving on and sure the basic premise of some guys toking on some Chronic to unwind before a test and then getting told by said Principal (after the school's representative in the national Spelling Bee loses it on TV) that he is instigating a mandatory drug test for everyone in the school, is hardly new comedic fodder.

But, somehow, it works on a whole different level here with 'High School.' For starters, Chiklis' Principal is knock down, drag out bad ass, his tonal performance mesmerising, his ability to control a scene simply brilliant (and uber scary to his students stood in front of him at the time!). Secondly, 'High School' is simply not another "high" movie filmed at High School! It is cleverer than that.

Their plan is that if everybody fails the drugs test that nobody would ever know they also failed it! So, they bake like crazy all night with brownie mix and dope up the yin-yang; all "donated to them" by Pyscho Ed (Adrien Brody) with eyes on the morning School Bake Sale! The trouble is they don't get the whole school high, so what comes next is all to do with them and their own, down to earth game plan!

Oh, and for the record, Adrien Brody has to be seen to be believed! His performance as Psycho Ed is out of this world, his acting spot on, so great that you would believe he put some time into "researching" this role for a few months beforehand! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.40:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Audio Commentary
Deleted Scenes