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Detention (2010)

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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Take 2 Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UOHNF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning, this is probably not the movie you think it is January 25, 2012
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Many of the reviews have absolutly nothing to do with this specific movie named Detention which is apparently a really popular title. Some of the other reviews are talking about what sounds like a cheesy drama, this is not that movie. I thought I was buying the 2011 Horror/comedy movie named Dentention in which dane cook plays the principal and there is a serial killer and which also made's top 10 horror films for 2011. THIS IS NOT THAT MOVIE. What this is, is a not very good ghost movie.
Unless the reveiws giving this movie five stars mention that it is a ghost horror movie you should disregard them. I was hoping maybe I hadn't wasted my money because this was stil a horror film but no this movie is simply dull.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Too many Detentions! September 10, 2011
Most of these reviews are for a 1998 film, "Detention". I was looking to find the David Carradine film, "Detention", a horror story. Amazon, or somebody is goofing up these titles. Anyway, the David Carradine film is pretty bad: dialogue like when the teens are dropping like flies and one girl, hearing sounds says: "I wonder who that is?" I actually turned it off about 3/4ths of way through it, hoping it would get better. But, oh well, live and learn.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detention Deserves Attention January 24, 2000
The award-winning independent film "Detention," which could be described as an "urban" Breakfast Club is a powerful. Wharton who, wrote, directed, produced and acted in the film, is a considerable filmmaking talent, who seems to have taken notes from fellow Baltimore filmmakers, John Waters and Barry Levinson, by creating a world that takes a refreshing and honest look at Baltimore teanagers. The cast and character development is simply brilliant. Led by Charisse Brown as the strong-willed and determined teacher Mrs. Deakins, who brings together five students on a Friday afternoon because she believes they have potential. At first glance, these high school students seem to have stereotypical personalities, "the thug," the jock," "the militant," "the poet" and "the sex pot," but as the story unfolds Wharton is able to reveal layers to these personalities that don't fit into any mold. The students excellently played by Justin Black as "Black," Kisha Harvin as "Poochie," John Hall as "Tenspeed," Kiatenai as "Acirfa" and Wharton himself as "Langston," come across as truely real and has some raw moments of emotion. Wharton who worked as a substitute teacher and was a Staff Writer for NBC's "Homicide: Life On The Street," has brought to life a film with grace, grit and style rare in a first-time filmmaker. It is easy to see why this film won the "Best Director Award" at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival and the "Audience Award" at the 1998 Atlanta Film and Video Festival because it stays with you long after the first viewing. I would highly reccommend this film for any parent, teacher or civic minded person who cares about the problems facing today's young people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detention January 27, 2014
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Great Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It really expresses the challenges kids face in society. We need more teachers like this in the world
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 80s Style Horror December 25, 2013
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A really good low budget horror film. Creepy entertainment. Carradine is excellent as the Principal. Solid horrific fun with good direction and acting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it a lot December 19, 2013
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Teacher don't do this anymore but if they did their students would value it... teaching is truly a calling and should be valued as such.
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2.0 out of 5 stars regular detention is more enjoyable than this! June 28, 2013
Detention's biggest flaw is immediately obvious- the acting is extremely bad. *Extremely* bad. It's reminiscent of a high school play which, since it takes place in a high school, maybe this WAS actually a high school play turned into a movie. It's that bad. A group of students have to spend a day in detention when suddenly a ghostly shadow figure haunts the school hallways. You see, a high school student was burned to death back in the 70's by his fellow students, and now his vengeful spirit is roaming the hallways. Sounds appealing right? Based on this alone, it *is* appealing. However it's so horribly executed that it's just a cryin' shame all potential was lost.

These are all your typical high school kids that you've seen in films such as the Breakfast Club- you have the smart logical one, the angry student that likes to pick fights, the pretty boy who thinks he can get all the ladies, the quiet rebellious girl, the attractive sweatheart that uses her looks to get what she wants, etc. Admittedly the girls are quite attractive.

When a thunderstorm intensifies to such an unrealistic extent that it's realized a ghostly figure is roaming the hallways looking for a way to get to the kids stuck in detention, this is when the storyline kicks in. For some highly bizarre reason, the special effects used to show the misty black figure drifting through the hallways- and the ones that show figures appearing in spiritual form before suddenly disappearing- are actually *good*. However, for some reason the lightning and intensity of the storm is really fake-looking and BAD. The lightning looked horrendous like something you'd see in a movie from 1950. It's *that* bad. It's also odd how sooner rather than later it becomes nighttime.
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