Adrien Brody Transforms Himself In Trailer for Stoner Comedy ‘High School’

Written by on April 5, 2012 

Having never been a connoisseur of “the drugs,” stoner comedies have, quite simply, never appealed to me all that much. Well, maybe not “quite simply” for some, so look at it this way: If I’ve consciously decided not to do drugs, why would watching someone do it onscreen function in a comedic sense? It’s one of the main reasons I can’t stand Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Judging from this first trailer, I don’t think High School is going to break any new ground. Some generally positive reviews out of Sundance 2010 (yes, 2010) notwithstanding, a trailer from Apple just doesn’t hit the funny bone. There’s some obvious enjoyment in seeing Adrien Brody do a role that renders him nearly unrecognizable, but that can only take us so far — and generic “drugs make you see crazy things!” portions only render those fine points moot.

Watch the trailer below:

Some films have artful, measured, and enticing posters. We have this:

Synopsis: The day after soon-to-be valedictorian Henry Burke (Matt Bush) takes a hit of the chronic for the first time, his school principal (Michael Chiklis) institutes a zero tolerance drug policy and administers a mandatory drug test for all students. Henry has two options: fail and lose his college scholarship, or team up with his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) to beat the system. They steal a high powered ganja from law student-turned-drug-dealer Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody) and spike the school’s bake sale brownies, getting the whole school–faculty included–completely stoned out of their minds. But with the student body getting higher and higher with every brownie, and a pissed-off Psycho Ed on their tails for stealing his stash, they must find a way to keep their half-baked plan from going up in smoke.

High School will have a limited opening on June 1st.

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