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Director: Joseph Kahn

Cast: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke


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A handful of high-school students struggle to make it through senior year without dying in this manic satire of teen-themed slasher flicks and youth comedies. Riley (Shanley Caswell) is a clever but cynical social outcast at Grizzly Lake High School, and she's the unrequited love object of Sander (Aaron


A handful of high-school students struggle to make it through senior year without dying in this manic satire of teen-themed slasher flicks and youth comedies. Riley (Shanley Caswell) is a clever but cynical social outcast at Grizzly Lake High School, and she's the unrequited love object of Sander (Aaron David Johnson), who is even less popular and more sexually frustrated than she is. Meanwhile, ironically named hipster Clapton (Josh Hutcherson) is head over heels for Ione (Spencer Locke), a beautiful but self-obsessed cheerleader. All four are waiting out their final year of high school, but it's anyone's guess if they'll see graduation, as a serial killer known as CinderHella is on the loose and preying on Grizzly Lake's student body. The principal (Dane Cook) is certain CinderHella is a disgruntled student and figures he can keep the prom from turning into a bloodbath by putting the likely suspects in all-day detention on the day of the big dance, but obviously that doesn't go as he planned. Meanwhile, various students struggle with shape-shifting, contract flesh-eating diseases, discover time travel, and fall victim to a gang making porn videos on school grounds. Directed by Joseph Kahn (who makes an uncharitable reference to his own directorial debut in the early reels), Detention received its world premiere at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
It's hard to describe Detention without spilling the goods. What can be said is that it's a lot more than a teen slasher flick. Though it might share some of Scream's postmodern comedic leanings amidst the slice-and-dice kills, there's more juice in the fruit than just that. Unpredictably wild and full of a bingo-cage grab bag of genre mash-ups, the flick miraculously remains cohesive despite walking a tightrope between mad brilliance and lunacy throughout its lean running time. At its core is a hyperstylized reaction to the last two decades of pop culture, with hip characters making fun of what's hip in what is ultimately an incredibly hip film. While parents can find guides to the teens' cryptic text messages online, the key to understanding Detention lies in piecing together its excessively creative puzzle. It's purposefully not for everyone, and that's a good thing. As with most cult films, the picture's admirers might feel strange if society as a whole embraced all of the crazy that's on display here. In short, Detention is weird…but normality is even weirder. Detention doesn't just bust out of the box, it destroys it. Just when you think it's going in one direction -- bam, it hits you like a ghost punch. Boom boom -- it's a teen comedy. Boom boom -- it's a slasher film. Boom boom -- you're in a sci-fi movie. And before you know it, the flick's riffing on '80s teen fantasy comedies. There's a lot in there. It sometimes feels like too much, but don't tell that to your buzzing brain, which will connect many of the dots after the credits roll -- or better yet, on your second or third viewing. The tale follows a select few high-school seniors in Grizzly Lake, a suburb like any other -- except there's a killer on the loose. Class outcast Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) has enough on her mind: her ex-best friend stole the skater kid she was crushing on, her new best friend wishes he was the kid she was crushing on, and she's dateless for the prom with a bum leg stuck in a cast. If that's not enough, a maniac mimicking a slasher series called "Cinderhella" is stalking her. Meanwhile, the focus of her silent adoration, Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson), is trying to figure out why his new girlfriend is so obsessed with the '90s when he's not ducking an inevitable brawl with the football-star school bully. As the killings ramp up alongside strange occurrences within different cliques of kids, Riley and a motley group of classmates are thrown into a 12-hour detention by the hard-nosed Principal Verge (Dane Cook) that'll ultimately decide each one's fate. Detention is a little John Hughes -- if Hughes were up on today's lingo and into crazy drugs. The picture is certainly a product of modern moviemaking (à la Scott Pilgrim), funneling different inspirations into the cinematic equivalent of a mega Slurpee as director Joseph Kahn tears down the binary line of audiences' expectations and attempts an outlandish blend of cinematic madness. Just as Kahn's previous film Torque broke the outrageous speed barrier of modern racing flicks, Detention snaps the teen thriller's spine, using its framework to craft a unique movie that knows it's in for a few punches on the chin on its way to acceptance. Kahn and co-writer/film critic Mark Palermo worked on the script for three years, maddeningly shaping it to be appreciated with repeated viewings. Detention certainly isn't for everyone, but thanks to its sharp wit, fresh-faced cast, and sheer audacity, it will live on -- hopefully inspiring even crazier followers in the process.

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Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting; Making of Detention

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hutcherson Clapton Davis
Shanley Caswell Riley Jones
Spencer Locke Ione
Aaron David Johnson Sander Sanderson
Dane Cook Principal Verge
Walter Perez Elliot Fink
Erica Shaffer Sloan
Parker Bagley Billy Nolan
Alison Woods Taylor Fisher
Logan Stalarow Taylor's Little Brother
Julie Dolan Taylor's Mom
Daniel Negreanu Male News Reporter
Will Wallace Riley's Dad/Doug Jones
Joshua Breeding Hipster Thief
Mario Garcia Janitor
Mickey Jury Punk
Jesse Heiman Nerd
Joe Keane Metro
Percy Daggs Jock Kid
Mason Richardson Toby T
Mike Esperanza Pedro
Lindsey Marie Morgan Alexis Spenser
J.R. Osbourne Truman
Jonathan "Dumbfoundead" Park Toshiba
Tiffany Boone Mimi
Sophia Zach Round Teen Girl
Yves Bright Mr. Kendall
James Black Mr. Cooper
Jessica Lee Cheerleader
Travis Fleetwood Gord
Ilana Cohn Officer Marge McNally
Harry Shelley Officer Randy Randazzo
Amanda Leatherman Monica Lafontaine
Tammy Minoff Wendy
Carrie Wiita Cinderhella
Eliot Bitting Young Billy Nolan
Richard Brake Billy Nolan's Dad
Nicolai Dorian Sophomore Chump
Bobbie Knockers Riley Double
Ryan Heinke Dork
Brian Guest Clapton's Shaman
Patrick Babbitt Uber Nerd
Jean Elie Wrestler
Bryan East Wrestler
Jeff Olen Mr. Kendall's Boyfriend
Yimmy Yim Angry Dudette
Jay Brian Winnick Principal Woodruff
Tyler Sean Palmer Burnout Kid
Aaron Albert Young Principal Verge
John Reha 1992 Nerd
Pierangelo Buonamici Reject
Aaron Perilo Male Student #1
Alison Paige Female Student #1
Matthew Albrecht Greg/Slashing Beauty
Brooke Haven Female Beauty Beast Victim
Clayton Reaser Male Student #2
Melanie Abramoff Lollapalooza Girl
Erich Lane Young Doug Jones
Arthur Darbinyan Dr. Murdoch
Justin Smith Red
Alexandros Potter Indian Clerk

Technical Credits
Joseph Kahn Director,Screenwriter
Bob Abramoff Executive Producer
Fletcher Alliston Sound Mixer
Nick Benseman Stunts
David Blackburn Editor
Kim Bowen Costumes/Costume Designer
Judy Cook Casting
Criscilla Crossland Choreography
Nicole Ehrlich Associate Producer
Tim Gedemer Sound/Sound Designer
Marcelle Gravel Production Designer
Daniel Hernandez Stunts
David Hoffman Art Director
Josh Hutcherson Executive Producer
Linda Jewell Stunts
David Kang Executive Producer
David Kang Executive Producer
Roy Knyrim Makeup Special Effects
Ralf Koch Stunts
David Lebensfeld Special Effects Supervisor
Bryan "Brain" Mantia Score Composer
Brain and Melissa Score Composer
Grant Miller Special Effects Supervisor
Daniel Negreanu Associate Producer
Hugh A. O'Brien Stunts
Lin Oeding Stunts
Joe Osborne Asst. Director
Tarah Paige Stunts
Mark Palermo Co-producer,Screenwriter
Christopher Probst Cinematographer
Clayton Reaser Executive Producer
Vernon Reaser Executive Producer
Melissa Reese Score Composer
Justin Riemer Stunts
Dan Rodgers Musical Direction/Supervision
Justin Smith Associate Producer
SOA F/X Makeup Special Effects
Jackson Spidell Stunts
Maryann Tanedo Producer
Greg Tharp Co-producer
Chris Watts Special Effects Supervisor
Richard Weager Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Detention
1. Scene 1 [5:42]
2. Scene 2 [4:13]
3. Scene 3 [6:27]
4. Scene 4 [5:56]
5. Scene 5 [4:59]
6. Scene 6 [4:27]
7. Scene 7 [7:11]
8. Scene 8 [7:19]
9. Scene 9 [5:39]
10. Scene 10 [2:47]
11. Scene 11 [6:06]
12. Scene 12 [5:27]
13. Scene 13 [7:25]
14. Scene 14 [3:11]
15. Scene 15 [2:01]
16. Scene 16 [1:36]


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Detention 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Daytimer More than 1 year ago
"It's like The Breakfast Club meets Scream on speed. No wait, it's like Donnie Darko took mushrooms then jumped into his Hot Tub Time Machine and beat the C@#P out of Scott Pilgram." At least that is how one of my friends first tried to describe for me this quirky, genre bending, indie film by Director Joseph Kahn. She had seen it during it's brief theatrical release and could not shut up talking about it weeks later. By the time I got around to seeing it, it was gone! Finally, I was able to stream it on Amazon yesterday and OMG...my friend was right! Except that, all the " meta" mash-up references in the world can't fully describe the experience of watching "Detention". It has all the elements you would expect in a summer teen movie, packaged together and presented at such a breakneck pace that an "Idiot Savant with ADHD" would be challenged to keep up with it. But here's the most surprising thing, at it's core, this film has heart. Even with it's constant barrage of images and mostly funny 90's pop references, as a viewer, you can't help but be drawn into the relationship between the two central characters of the film. (Josh Hutcherson as Clapton Davis and Shanley Caswell as Riley Jones) So, if you like a film that boldly dares you to keep up with it, then down a dose of Ritalin with some black coffee and give "Detention" a try. If you are like me, you will want to watch it more than once, just to make sure you didn't miss a thing.