Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Detention

Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Detention

Alien bear. Flux capacitor. Fly blood DNA. ’90s references… so many ’90s references. What’s not to love? This is the best movie I’ve seen in a long time. I loved it so so so much.  Detention is a mashup of horror, comedy, sic-fi, thriller, action and romance… and it works. It’s gotten pretty negative reviews and it isn’t for everyone but you (yeah, you!) should give it a try tonight. Another reason it’s so great is because it stars Josh Hutcherson, and who doesn’t love Josh Hutcherson? Not me, that’s for damn sure.


The storyline is so all-over-the-place that it’s difficult to give a synopsis but generally the story revolves around Riley Jones, played by Shanley Caswell, as she tries to navigate her final year of high school, get the guy (you guessed it – Josh Hutcherson) and save the world. I won’t go into it any more because I don’t want to destroy the magic but it’s unlike anything you’ve seen before.


This is yet another meta-film like The Kingsman (you can check out my review on that one here) but it didn’t rub me the wrong way this time. It added to the extreme style and hyper feeling of this film instead of detracting from it. It was more reminiscent of Cabin in the Woods, which is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.

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Another interesting point to mention is that this is director Joseph Khan’s return after the disaster that was Torque. If you remember that mess of a movie then you understand why Khan took a break after it was released. I find it really impressive that he didn’t decide to play it safe with this movie. He really went out on a limb and it paid off. He decided to forget about snobby critics and made the movie that he wanted to. That’s something to admire. The movie is exactly what it wants to be. There are a lot of reviews saying it is trying to be this or that but I can’t be clear enough that it is exactly what it wants to be.  There’s even a line in the movie where one of the character’s makes a comment about how awful Torque is, which was so hilarious in it’s self-deprecation.

All in all, this is a wild ride of a movie; it’s jacked up on Mountain Dew and it’s not making any apologies for it. Give it a gander and let me know what you think.


16 thoughts on “Friday Night Movie Recommendation: Detention

  1. I typically only read reviews for movies I’ve already seen, so I skipped the review and came to the comment section if you recommend this? I’ve seen it online, but always thought it looked like a B movie.

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    1. Yeah, I tend to not read reviews of movies I haven’t seen yet either. I like to go in with as clean a slate as possible but I don’t ruin anything in the reviews so they’re pretty safe if you wanted to read it before you watched it.

      This movie definitely slipped under the radar and it wasn’t a huge box office success (most people I talk to haven’t even heard of it) but I absolutely loved it. It’s one of those movies that I keep thinking about and saying, “I should watch that again!” Now, that being said, it is a really out-there kind of movie. You’ll either love it or hate it. It’s wacky, all over the place and has so many crazy story lines that you might get lost but it’s a blast to watch. I hope you like it!


  2. I haven’t figured out how to do trackbacks or anything, but I posted my review of this movie today.

    Took me some work to find it, but I really enjoyed the movie. I especially appreciated the number of less than obvious movie references they tossed in there alongside the obvious ones. I was also happy to see Dane Cook not be obnoxious.

    Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Thanks so much!! I thought you would enjoy this! I agree. Dane cook is usually pretty unbearable but he was actually so funny here. It’s so many movies mashed up into one. I really loved it, glad you did too!


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