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Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell
Apr 13, 2012
R, 1 hr. 33 min.


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Movie Info

Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Julianna Alibrando, Aaron David Johnson, Ivy Bregman, Dane Cook, Alison Brooks, Walter Perez, Lisa Cumming
Director: Peter Jurt, Joseph Kahn, Claudia Jurt
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Theater Release: Apr 13, 2012
DVD Release: Jul 31, 2012
Synopsis: An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Shanley Caswell, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. Bringing even more angst to student life, a slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. It becomes a race against time to stop the killer, which will in turn save the world - if only they can get out of detention. -- (C) Sony Pictures

Critic Reviews

  • Peter Howell, Toronto Star
    Neither good enough to impress as a meta mashup of horror and comedy, nor bad enough to hoot and throw popcorn at, it slides into a gray area of unfocused ideas and unrealized potential.
  • Richard Roeper, Richard
    Tries way, way, way too hard. A directorial drum solo that quickly wears out its welcome.
  • Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
    There will be young moviegoers who proclaim this genius, and more stodgy audience members who find it torturous. If you're not tweeting and texting a combined 50 times or more per day, you're probably in the latter camp.
  • Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
    Here's another sardonic look at the hell of the American high school, where countless American filmmakers believe our souls are locked no matter how long it's been since we graduated.
  • Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
    Exhausting before its first few minutes of whip-pans, smash cuts, coarsely self-referential jokes and on-screen text visuals is over...
  • Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
    In this universe people seem composed of 1 percent water and 99 percent '90s references and genre expectations.
  • John Hartl, Seattle Times
    Resembles a movie less than it suggests an evening of determined, incoherent channel-hopping - with the help of a remote control that's apparently stuck on "random."
  • Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
    The movie itself is never truly clear. If it's also never intentionally bad, its unintentional badness keeps blasting into shockingly clever places.
  • Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
    Some viewers will be understandably put off by its aggressive lack of focus, but Kahn is so excited about cramming in every idea that ultimately the originality trumps the obnoxiousness.
  • Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
    Somebody somewhere forgot that a film needs a streamlined story to make visual chaos palatable.
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