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Detention

3.9 out of 5 stars 146 customer reviews

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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.

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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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  • Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Spencer Locke, Shanley Caswell
  • Directors: Joseph Kahn
  • Producers: Mary Tanedo, Richard Weager, Mary Ann Tandeo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, French, Thai, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081FSMNI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,949 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Detention" on IMDb

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By S. Boone on August 8, 2012
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There's a lot packed into the run-time of this movie, in fact, so much it probably bears watching more than once to catch everything as it zips by. The basic storyline seems to be that this supposed movie character, Cinderhella, is killing teens, but there's a lot more to the film than just that. Screwed-up teenage relationships, a jealous ex-boyfriend jock who was mutated by a meteorite as a child, a high-school mascot (a stuffed grizzly bear) that has been modified into a time machine, time travel back to 1992, etc. The humor is often gross but a lot of it is deadpan, which makes it even better, in my opinion. This is refreshingly goofy & bizarre, and is a good slam-dunk of overpriveleged teens & high school clique antics, but it's also a lot more than that. I enjoyed the first "Scream" (but not necessarily its sequels) but this is not quite so obvious as that film. Well worth seeing, not perfect but pretty damn close. May be a future cult classic. 4 out of 5.
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This is a fast paced "Student Bodies" meets "Scott Pilgrim" type of movie. The humor comes at you quick and you must pay attention. It is a teen slasher spoof film, but also tosses in a few aspects of other films. There are clues as to what is going on, but don't worry about trying to catch them and figure out the film, just enjoy the scenes.

Some lines that come too mind:

"Pregnant teens are never funny." A clear slap at "Juno."

"I only eat baby animals."

"Pain don't hurt."

"Where did you learn to make a snuff porno? Lady Gaga?"

"Gnawing through boyfriends like an unfed piranha."

"This human conversation thing isn't working. Let's do texting."

The production incorporates numerous obscure 1980's references, some of which are explained. The film is done in a modern quirky "Scott Pilgrim..." style, but knowledge of 1980s movies is helpful in order to enjoy the feature.

There is a slasher at school. Meanwhile Ione (Spencer Locke), the cute air headed blond likes under achiever cool guy Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson). She has given up her jock boyfriend Billy Nolan (Parker Bagley)for him. He wants to beat up Clapton over her, and he is willing to fight for her because she is deep and likes Sting. Meanwhile Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) has a crush on Clapton and becomes a third wheel.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, brief sex and brief nudity.
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You might want to stoke up on caffeine and prop your eyelids open before watching this because it moves at a hundred miles an hour with little let-up.

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.
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I watched this picture because of the critic Steve Shaviro, who said that it (and The Cabin in the Woods) represented between them the "future of horror"--no wait, maybe the "future of cinema," some grand claim, exactly the kind I have a hankering for, and I enjoyed Cabin in the Woods a helluva lot, so I went in thinking, maybe this will be one of those sorts of movies the kind I like, that rip through genre like so many jungle fronds in a machete movie. And so it was, on a rather different scale than Joss Whedon. Whedon is a humanist, whereas I get the picture that Joseph Kahn, who directed this highly entertaining horror comedy, is no such thing, despite the sentimental flourishes with which his movie concludes (sappy voice over that says, basically, "but underneath it all we're just people, and we all need love.")

Kahn made two epic videos with the pop singer slash actress Kylie Minogue. In one, the charity single by "Helping Haiti," he blended shocking real-life footage of hurricane devastation in Haiti, with hideous footage or pop stars from Rod Stewart to Westlife and beyond, all lip synching the old R.E.M. classic "Everybody Hurts." For Kylie's 11th solo album, APHRODITE, Kahn turned the first single, "All the Lovers" into a giant orgy of models, male and female, stripping to pristine white underwear in the middle of downtown LA in front of the Gehry Disney Concert Hall, to worship a giant goddess Kylie. Made in the immediate aftermath of DETENTION, you can see Kahn trying to work out ideas he didn't manage to articulate during its filming. Josh Hutcherson, the executive producer of the film, plays the hero part, but he's sort of a sad sack, and he's named after a pair of heritage rock artists (in joke?) In general the acting's not great in DETENTION, but who cares?
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