High School (2010 film)

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High School
High School film.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Stalberg, Jr.
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • John Stalberg, Jr.
  • Erik Linthorst
Music byThe Newton Brothers
CinematographyMitchell Amundsen
Edited byGabriel Wrye
  • Parallel Media
  • Flipzide
  • Zero Hour Films
Distributed byAnchor Bay Films
Release date
  • January 24, 2010 (2010-01-24) (Sundance)
  • June 1, 2012 (2012-06-01) (United States; limited)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$10 million
Box office$139,034[1]

High School (also known as HIGH school) is a 2010 American stoner black comedy film starring Adrien Brody. It is the feature-length directorial debut of John Stalberg, Jr.. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically distributed by Anchor Bay Films on June 1, 2012.[2]


High school valedictorian-to-be Henry Burke (Matt Bush) takes his first hit of pot with his ex-best friend Travis (Sean Marquette), only to learn that, due to a spelling bee champion's recent use of marijuana, their high school is conducting a drug test where anyone caught under the influence of anything will be expelled. Travis knows of a psychotic drug dealer, known as Psycho Ed (Adrien Brody), who carries an exclusive kind of pot called "kief", and the two boys steal the stash and intend on getting the whole school high, to invalidate the drug test and save Henry's future. But Psycho Ed is right on their trail and so is Dr. Gordon, the school dean.


  • Matt Bush as Henry Burke, Morgan High School's top student who has a bright future ahead of him.
  • Sean Marquette as Travis Breaux, Morgan High School's stoner and all around trouble maker.
  • Adhir Kalyan as Sebastian Saleem, Henry's academic rival who will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
  • Alicia Sixtos as Sharky Ovante, Henry's childhood friend and love interest.
  • Robert Bailey, Jr. as Jeffery, Henry's friend.
  • Brett Kelly as Martin Gordon, Principal Gordon's son.
  • Luis Chavez and Max Van Ville as Big Dave and Little Dave, resident stoners and Travis' friends.
  • Cody Longo as Chad, a jock who spends most of the film searching for the administration offices.
  • Julia Ling as Charlyne Phuc (pronounced like the profanity), a spelling bee champion who gets high before a competition and has everything taken from her.
  • Michael Chiklis as Dr. Leslie Gordon, the Principal of Morgan High School.
  • Colin Hanks as Brandon Ellis, the Assistant Dean.
  • Erica Vittana Phillips as Tameka, Dr. Gordon's receptionist and a victim of his sexual harassment.
  • Mary Birdsong as Mrs. Gordon, Dr. Gordon's cougar wife.
  • Yeardley Smith as Miss Unger, Morgan High School's Computer Skills Teacher who has a sexual fantasy for Bryan Adams.
  • Curtis Armstrong as Mr. Armstrong, Morgan High School's History Teacher.
  • Michael Vartan as Calculus Teacher, Morgan High School's Calculus Teacher.
Other characters


High School received almost exclusively positive reviews on its film festival circuit, including the Sundance Film Festival and Edinburgh International Film Festival but was delayed by producers for over two years in spite of numerous studio offers to distribute the film. After making changes to the film, music and composed score, the producers finally agreed to release the film through Anchor Bay Films in 2010, garnering mixed reviews with their altered version.

It holds a 26% "Rotten" rating on review site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 53 reviews.[3]


  1. ^ "High School". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Stephen Holden (2012-05-12). "Beating the System With Tainted Brownies and Tainted Minds". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "High School (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 9 May 2018.

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