The Kids Aren’t Alright in Exclusive Clip from ‘Detachment’

Director Tony Kaye (American History X) returns to American cinema with his Detachment, a new film that also focuses on the maligned and the angry – American teenagers. Not quite kidding. The film stars Adrien Brody as “Henry Barthes, a substitute teacher who conveniently avoids any emotional connections by never staying anywhere long enough to form a bond with either his students or colleagues. A lost soul grappling with a troubled past, Henry finds himself at a public schoolwhere an apathetic student body has created a frustrated, burned-out administration.” The film’s relatively simple plotline hides what’s at the root of Detachment – it’s an unexpectedly unique film with a very different worldview on modern relationships and the teacher/student dynamic. Dead Poets Society this is not.

In an exclusive clip from the film, some of the less charming of Barthes’ students are on full display in an altercation with the school principal involving one seriously mistreated Christina Hendricks. And just who is doing the mistreatment? Those terrifically awful teenagers. Remember how awful high schoolers can be with the clip after the break.

The film also stars Marcia Gay Harden, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and newcomers Sami Gayle and Betty Kaye.

Detachment is currently available from Tribeca Film beginning via Movies On Demand from your local cable provider, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, VUDU and more. The film opens theatrically in select cities beginning March 16.

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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