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  • Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Shanley Caswell, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, French, Arabic, Italian, Dutch, English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug. 2012
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007V2WHH4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,211 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Josh Hutcherson, Dane Cook and Spencer Locke star in Detention, a hipster, teen horror-comedy, in which the students of Grizzly Lake must survive their final year of high school.

Standing in their way is Cinderhella, a slasher-movie killer who has seemingly come to life and is preying on the school’s student body. As the clock ticks and the bodies pile up, the likely suspects are embroiled in a race against time to stop Cinderhella and ultimately save the world … if only they can get out of detention.

Bonus Features

- “Cheat Mode: The Unbelievably Mind Melting Making of Detention” Featurette – provides detailed insights from cast and crew on the making of the film, as well as trivia throughout.

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This crazily slapdash mash-up of teen movie genres, '90s nostalgia, lightning-round sketch comedy, and pop-culture overload is cause for metaphoric double takes and spit takes thanks to its cleverly schizophrenic design. The jokes, shocks, and bewildering jumble of references are a deliberate attempt to leave its youthful target audience gasping for breath, even if they're three or four allusions and punch lines behind. The movie begins in high gear with the introduction of an unpleasantly clichéd high schooler who narrates the rigours of her lifestyle with the help of witty graphical elements, trick camera shots, and the nonstop patter of speed-dialed dialogue. That she's killed off even before the ingenious title sequence rolls is a hint at how the rest of the movie is going to play out. Detention seems to be constantly breaking off into inexplicable tangents and dumb asides, though it's far from being clueless. But Clueless is one of the many movies Detention pays homage to. Others include, but are not nearly limited to, The Breakfast Club, Back to the Future, the Scream franchise, Heathers, Mean Girls, House Party, Freaky Friday, and a slew of period music videos from the last decade, many of which were the work of Detention's director and co-writer Joseph Kahn. There's really no way to describe the demented and often random plot points that coalesce into a hodgepodge of slacker comedy, slasher horror, and preposterous sci-fi, whether you can keep up with it or not. Among the large cast of stereotyped teens who inhabit the high school halls and suburban streets of Grizzly Lake are hipster dude Clapton (Josh Hutcherson), the brainy but bumbling Riley (Shanley Caswell), her popular blond best friend Ione (Spencer Locke), and the loser nerd Sander (Aaron David Johnson). Add to that a football hero who's channeling Jeff Goldblum's character from The Fly, a drunken cougar mum, a couple of sexpot teachers, and a venal principal who has the good fortune of being portrayed by Dane Cook, and you have a mentally unbalanced movie that never slows down to inhale. Within it are various proms, science projects, wild parties, and a life-size grizzly bear mascot that reveals itself to be key to the whole story. Detention is one continuous expulsion of absurdist hot air that flirts, farts, and foams at the mouth between an unending series of time shifts, flashbacks, flash-forwards, and flashes sideways. Almost everyone dies at some point, but they somehow all end up very much alive in a world that thrives on slick meta analysis of movie and pop-culture history. Though it seems off-the-cuff, there's actually a great deal of precision in the story of Grizzly Lake High and the 20-year lead-up to how its students and staff ward off apocalypse. Just don't try to figure out what's really going on. --Ted Fry

Customer Reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 April 2013
Format: DVD
Without being cynical, Detention is one of those films that some people gush over just because it's weird; they don't seem to care that it has no plot or characters and is just a cheap echo of much more effective films (in this case Scream). What they see is a bunch of pseudo-"hip" references to recent pop history which they feel smart for "getting", and that, coupled with some cartoonish gore, is enough. That said, Detention's strangeness can be entertaining - it's not often that you see a film this anarchic - and it has one or two funny moments, but overall it's too amateurish to recommend.
The "plot", if there is one, goes on so many arbitrary tangents that it's hard to write a synopsis, so I'll just describe the one thread which stays fairly consistent throughout: a serial killer who dresses like "Cinderhella", a horror film slasher, starts murdering teenagers at Grizzly Lake, while Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell), a high school outcast, tries to stop him. Josh Hutcherson from The Hunger Games plays her love interest, and Dane Cook gives a surprisingly okay performance as their principal. You know a film's bad when you start complimenting Dane Cook. Mixed in with this is a thousand subplots about aliens, body-swapping, time travel, mutation, the apocalypse and more, all of which makes about as much sense as a wax oven. The acting's hard to judge as like everything else it gets lost in the endless maze of a screenplay and direction; I suspect that Cook stands out simply because you expect the worst from him. Various visual gimmicks are used, like intertitles announcing shifts in points of view, but not for any reason other than to have visual gimmicks.
I think Detention wanted to be a 21st-century Scream, skewering the 90s from a modern perspective the way Scream did the 80s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 10 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
This is a fast paced "Student Bodies" meets "Scott Pilgrim" type of movie. The humor comes at you quick and you must pay attention. It is a teen slasher spoof film, but also tosses in a few aspects of other films. There are clues as to what is going on, but don't worry about trying to catch them and figure out the film, just enjoy the scenes.

Some lines that come too mind:

"Pregnant teens are never funny." A clear slap at "Juno."

"I only eat baby animals."

"Pain don't hurt."

"Where did you learn to make a snuff porno? Lady Gaga?"

"Gnawing through boyfriends like an unfed piranha."

"This human conversation thing isn't working. Let's do texting."

The production incorporates numerous obscure 1980's references, some of which are explained. The film is done in a modern quirky "Scott Pilgrim..." style, but knowledge of 1980s movies is helpful in order to enjoy the feature.

There is a slasher at school. Meanwhile Ione (Spencer Locke), the cute air headed blond likes under achiever cool guy Clapton Davis (Josh Hutcherson). She has given up her jock boyfriend Billy Nolan (Parker Bagley)for him. He wants to beat up Clapton over her, and he is willing to fight for her because she is deep and likes Sting. Meanwhile Riley Jones (Shanley Caswell) has a crush on Clapton and becomes a third wheel.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bombs, brief sex and brief nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rob Simpson on 9 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Where to begin with Detention? Now there's a million dollar question. The first 15 minutes Joseph Kahn's film is absolute torture. With characters talking to camera, MTV Day-Glo editing and references to the 90s (which are the new 80s, apparently), I was minutes away from turning the DVD off and putting in something less aggravating. Thankfully I never gave up, because after that this truly unique beast reveals its true colour. While the gaudy aesthetics never go away, it takes the approach to storytelling that more is more. Khan weaves sci-fi, slasher, time travel, surrealism, the end of the world, body horror and torture porn into its deconstructionist web. You have no idea where the film is headed next and that flagrant disregard for cliche of expectations makes the film something of a thrill. Quotable, fun, maddening and inventive, all perfectly describe Detention. Even if coming out in touching distance of cabin in the woods does it no favors, chances are you will have seen very few films this strange.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ag100 on 7 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Some of the reviews I've read of this film are awful, I have no idea why!
2 minutes in and I was hooked. It's funny, has a good cast and is extremely well produced.
It parodies all the teenage/horror stereotypes perfectly and all the references are in good taste.

Will be watching this multiple times :)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By DanP on 22 July 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Saw this film at Frightfest 2011 and loved it. The description listed for this film doesn't even begin to describe the peaks and valleys that it explores in terms of the pop culture. It seems to be the logical step on from films that reference 80's pop culture and moves it on to the 90's. 'Detention' will clearly be compared to 'Scream' due its meta nature and slasher flick mix, however this film attempts to do something different, rather than just being completely about looking back at the slasher genre it broadens its scope in order to create more idiosyncratic feel in terms of story telling and visual direction.

All in all, this film is probably up there with 'Cabin in the woods' as one of the best horror films of this year.
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