Anyone who knows me or has spent time in or around Reject HQ knows that I’m not much of a stoner. I don’t have anything against it, per se. I just don’t derive the same pleasure from smoking the good Earth’s finest herbs and spices that others seem to get. However, stoner humor does have a way of getting to me — especially when it’s well executed.
That’s the way I would describe John Stalberg’s debut film HIGH School, a movie I was fortunate enough to see this year at Sundance. It is — in my mind — destined to become a new stoner classic. Why? Because it is smart, unrelenting and full of memorable (even if you’re stoned) characters and quotes. As you are about to see in the trailer below, which was released today in honor of the stoner holiday 4/20, one of the characters that sticks out is Psycho Ed, played by Adrien Brody. He is a character unlike anything you’ve ever seen from Brody, a damned Oscar winner. You will also see a glimpse of Michael Chiklis, who is phenomenal in this film — he absolutely disappears into the character of Dr. Leslie Gordon, the high school’s over-bearing principal.
The story itself revolves around two unlikely friends — played by Matt Bush and Sean Marquette — who find themselves getting a little stoned on the day before their school is to have a massive school-wide drug test. In order to save their respective futures, they hatch a scheme to get the entire school high in order to thwart the test and avoid expulsion. The only problem is that in order to get their entire school stoned, they need a lot of product. And the only place to get that much weed on such short notice is from the last person in the entire world that they’d want to meet… Psycho Ed.
Check out the trailer below. For more on HIGH School, you can also read my Sundance review and watch my interview with director John Stalberg. My sources tell me that the film will get a decent-sized release this fall, sometime in late September. I will keep an eye on it and let you know when a date is confirmed.