Detention. Film Review


Starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook, Spencer Locke, Shanley Caswell

Directed by Joseph Khan

Screenplay by Mark Palermo & Joseph Khan

Rating: 15

Duraction: 89 Mins

Reviewed by Guy Adams

I can safely say I have never seen a movie like Detention before, though it parades its influences brazenly enough, from Back to the Future to Trainspotting. A frantic stew of snappy dialogue, absurdity and enforced cool, it makes a relatively old man like me (the movie is clearly pitched at college kids) feel even older. And slightly dizzy.

Which is not to say I didn’t enjoy it, for the most part I did, thanks to its sheer energy, because the film certainly had to fight against my tastes. We don’t exactly share a sense of humour and the word ‘hipster’ makes me want to punch something. It was always going to be an uneasy love affair.   That said, it simply has to earn top marks for its singular disinterest towards convention.  From a parody of Scream (no, not in the way of the Wayans, thank Christ) it ripples out towards a bizarre time-travel plot taking in a nod to Cronenberg’s Brundlefly en route.

It doesn’t work as a horror movie, it’s far too busy being silly for that. That’s fine though as it never tries to.

It doesn’t pause for breath and it doesn’t care what you think. It doesn’t even care if it makes sense, it’s just there to enjoy itself and if you end up joining it in that then all to the good.

Recommended, especially if you have big hair, a fetish for bright orange jeans and own a cardigan.