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Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Spencer Locke star in Detention, a hipster, teen horror-comedy where the local students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school. Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school’s student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world… if only they can get out of detention.
Though marketed as a horror film, Joseph Kahn's Detention actually belongs to no particular genre, as its hyperkinetic structure borrows from a wide variety of styles, tropes, and influences in telling a story that appears to be about the confusion and chaos inherent to high school life. Shanley Caswell is Kahn's nominal heroine, a terminal outsider whose crush on the popular Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) is blocked by former best friend Spencer Locke. Their triangle is complicated by the presence of a stranger tricked out like Cinderhella, the villain from a popular series of violent slasher pictures. The murders that follow in his wake eventually become part of a larger, weirder canvas that includes aliens, time travel, genetic mutations, and a dizzying array of '90s-era pop culture references. Veteran music video director Kahn, who also helmed the genre-bending 2004 action pic Torque, will undoubtedly polarize audiences with his approach, which takes meta-storytelling à la Scream to unheard-of levels while pitching the action and dialogue at a vertiginous speed. The picture's self-reflexive nature and ADHD pacing does, at times, approximate the bewildering barrage of information slung at high school-age culture consumers, and at times, the absurdity of the subplots, especially the complicated time travel/body-switch storyline, plays like a broad parody of the surrealism inherent to teenaged social interaction. Whether that adds up to an entertaining movie experience will vary from viewer to viewer, but one can't fault Kahn for not trying to provide a unique experience. The DVD offers an all-in-one commentary track and behind-the-scenes featurette in Cheat Mode, a full-length, picture-in-picture discussion of the film featuring members of the cast and crew. --Paul Gaita
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Here's the scoop. Someone dressed up as "Cinderhella" from a horror movie franchise is killing kids from Grizzly Lake High School. Meanwhile some smaller dramas with some of the students play out. Riley Jones and Clapton Davis have been good friends since forever. She's a bit peeved because he wants to go to the prom with Ione who is vapid beyond the meaning of the word. Meanwhile, Billy Nolan, who is part fly, (yes, you read that right) wants to beat up Clapton because he also wants to go to the prom with Ione. Oh, and there is a time machine inside the stuffed bear in the school hall.
This is a fast, wild ride. The dialogue is replete with now and wow padder. There are a lot of clever pop culture references from both 'now' and the 90s and they come at you relentlessly. The story isn't quite as involved as it might seem at first glance because the pace throws you off. Once you settle into that the viewing gets a bit easier. There are, though, a couple of bizarre zingers (one late in the third act) that are so far out of left field, you might just be thinking WTF!?
The principle actors, Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, et al, do a decent job. The production values are as good as they need to be to get this done. What's really happening here is the script. Writer/director Joseph Kahn's previous work has been entirely in music videos which is probably why he felt the need to cram so much into each moving minute. But, as I said earlier, you really need to pay attention. A 'time slip' element enters the plot in the third act and, if you blink, you'll be lost.
I liked this a lot. I found it very entertaining and better than it had to be given the content. If being cinematically slapped around for 93 minutes is your poison, this should be right up your alley.
The one problem is that Director Joseph Kahn seems so focused on being clever and self-referential that he doesn't leave quite enough time for character development - a scene where Riley and Clapton take a late-night ride down a deserted street on the same skateboard is one of the few quiet moments that allow us to concentrate on who they are. Two minor quibbles: 1) is there a high school anywhere in the U.S. where seniors don't already have their own cars? Clapton goes everywhere by skateboard, Riley walks (or limps), Taylor and Ione are apparently driven to school by their moms - no self-respecting teenager I know would stand for it! 2) In spite of it being an R-rated movie, there's no sex, no nudity (well, okay, there's a brief glimpse of Caswell's left breast, which she says in the commentary is not really her and was a "stunt boob"}, nobody is smoking pot, or even smoking cigarettes. Not that it's a bad thing, but if these kids are 21st Century high-schoolers, they're the cleanest-cut bunch you've ever seen! On the whole, however, this is the best comedy-teen slasher movie since "Student Bodies." It's a wild ride from start to finish that will leave you dizzy.
The blu-ray quality is very superb both picture & sound. Has a few special features which are interesting.
If you like slasher, raunchy teen comedies and keep an open mind with very different movies I highly recommend!
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The movie is region 1 and plays just fine despite this warning.
As for the movie: Great movie. Weird and quirky. Funny and aware of itself. Takes multiple watchings to catch everything.