This is definitely a film that has to be seen to believed. The film uses a lot of Scott Pilgrim-like effects that has things like comedic intertitles, text messages, and scoreboards pop up on the screen. In addition, the dialogue is very self-aware and features many pop cultural references.
In many of ways that film can be described as a coming of age story that just happens to have a slasher film subplot. The horror elements are just as campy as the rest of the film and I was often wondering if they were truly needed, since the film was already crazy enough.
I would have to say that the film seemed to get better the weirder it got. Throughout the film, there were many side-story asides featuring everything from guys with fly blood, to time travelling bears, to swapping minds via different time periods. In fact, time travel becomes a very big aspect of the film and the third act featured much time travelling weirdness.
I should also note that even though the film is called Detention, detention only has a very small role in the actual plot (with the obligatory Breakfast Club references). That said, I did very much enjoyed a montage that showed detention throughout the last twenty years, complete with different dress styles and music. It was one of my favourite scenes of the film.
I also have to namecheck a Canadian character in the film named Gord, who was probably one of the best supporting characters in the film (despite only appearing in a few scenes). One of the reasons this character is so good is because he actually plays AGAINST the Canadian stereotypes often seen in films and is instead a somewhat arrogant know-it-all that is great at debates.
Overall, I enjoyed Detention much better than I was expected and it turned out to be a surprising highlight of these summer screenings.
8 | LIKED IT