My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea

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My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea
My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDash Shaw
Produced by
Written byDash Shaw
Music byRani Sharone
Edited by
  • Alex Abrahams
  • Lance Edmands
  • Washington Square Films
  • Electric Chinoland
  • Low Spark Films
Distributed byGKIDS
Release date
  • September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11) (TIFF)
  • April 14, 2017 (2017-04-14) (United States)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$68,883[1]

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea is a 2016 American animated teen comedy drama film directed by Dash Shaw.[2] Theatrically released on April 14, 2017 in the United States by GKIDS, it was selected to be screened in the Vanguard section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.[3]


Dash (voiced by Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Watts) are sophomores at Tides High School, a school located at a cliff edge above a fault line. The friends write as a team for the school newspaper, edited by mutual friend Verti (Rudolph). But one day Verti assigns Assaf to write a story solo about the new auditorium opening in the top floor, and Dash clearly picks up a relationship forming between Assaf and Verti. Feeling angered and betrayed, Dash writes a hurtful article about Assaf that provokes Principal Grimm to put a mark on his permanent record. Dash breaks into the school archives to find his record, but discovers evidence that Grimm had forged the inspection report for the auditorium. He also runs into Mary, a junior overachiever trying to find her confiscated cell phone. Dash tries to warn the rest of the students, but gets thrown into detention along with Mary for breaking into the archives, right when the auditorium opens causing the school to break off the cliff and fall into the ocean.

Dash rescues Assaf and Verti from the sophomore level library, and Verti figures out that they can swim through the seawater by breathing trapped pockets of air. Dash nearly drowns, but is rescued by Lunch Lady Lorraine. At the junior level floor, the teachers are trying to bring surviving kids in line. It takes Lorraine to calm down a riot; she further shows her survival skills by saving Verti from a group of drug dealing students. The trio plus Lorraine and Mary decide to make it to the roof, but no one else wants to follow them. At the senior level floor, they find Brent Daniels organizing a hostile cult around him. They then find Grimm, who admits to the forgery. Grimm points out that they can scale to the roof using the back of the auditorium bleachers, and then sacrifices his life to open the bleachers up. The five friends reach the roof just as rescue helicopters arrive. Lorraine rescues a handful of other students while some others escape using a makeshift raft. Dash and Assaf vow to write a book about the disaster.

Many weeks later, the surviving students attend a party for the release of Dash and Assaf's book, "Our Entire High School Sinking into the Sea". Reviews of the book come out mixed to negative because of Dash's turgid prose. Lorraine notes to Dash that she has a new year's worth of students to feed and take care of, before leaving the party.



The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2016.[3] It went onto screen at Fantastic Fest,[4] New York Film Festival,[5] AFI Fest,[6]

In December 2016, GKIDS acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.[7] It was released on April 14, 2017.[8]


Critical response[edit]

My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea received positive reviews and holds an 84% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 6.8/10, based on 63 reviews.[9] On review aggregator website Metacritic, the film received a score of 72 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]


  1. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "25 Movies We Can't Wait to See at Toronto Film Festival 2016". Rolling Stone. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea". TIFF. September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  4. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea". Fantastic Fest. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea". New York Film Festival. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  6. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea". AFI Fest. Retrieved December 23, 2016.
  7. ^ Hipes, Patrick (December 8, 2016). "GKIDS Acquires Dash Shaw's 'My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
  8. ^ Mazzanti, Mike (February 22, 2017). "Absurdist Animation Runs Wild in Trailer for 'My Entire High School Is Sinking Into The Sea'". The Film Stage. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea". Metacritic. Retrieved July 6, 2017.

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