I am not a stoner. I say that not to preempt any accusations, but to qualify a strange liking I have for stoner comedies. Granted a good chunk of the stupid ones tend to play straight to the pothead base and no one else (here's looking at you, Sex Pot and Evil Bong 2), but there is one quality a lot of smoke-heavy comedies have that I do admire; the stoner odyssey. Screenwriters owe the plant a great debt for being such a simple cinematic MacGuffin. The quest for more pot is basically a free pass to work in all kinds of zany characters and outrageous scenarios.

Now hoping to join the stoner odyssey legacy is HIGH School, the feature film debut of director John Stalberg. And judging from its premise and cast, it might just have what it takes to be remembered fondly alongside Up in Smoke, Half Baked, and Pineapple Express: High school valedictorian Henry picked the wrong time to try smoking pot. His school is about to enforce a mandatory drug test for all students. Anyone who fails the test will be immediately expelled. Knowing that he will fail, Henry's solution is to get the entire student body stoned, because there's no way they'll expel everyone, right?

It's got potential, but what really has me interested is the cast: Adrien Brody, Colin Hanks, Matt Bush, Michael Vartan, Michael Chiklis, Curtis Armstrong and Mykelti Williamson. And if that unpredictable ensemble isn't enough to pique your fancy, the film's teaser trailer sells how HIGH School might be a tad edgier than your average stoner comedy.

Check out the Not Safe For Work trailer below. And if you're surrounded by sensitive ears, give Scott Weinberg's review a read; it's considerably less profane, plus he says it's not too shabby.

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