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Monday, 01 August 2022 14:03

‘Honor Society’ gets an A

As a person of a certain age, my memories of my high school days have grown a bit blurry. One thing I do remember, however, is that while I and my peers faced our share of pressures, growing up today is an altogether different experience. The competitive nature of high school achievement is more intense now than ever, with kids motivated to increase their odds of admission to elite colleges in any way they can.

But just how far might they be willing to go?

That’s the central premise of “Honor Society,” a new film currently streaming on Paramount+. Directed by Oran Zegman from a script by David Goodman, it’s the story of a young woman on the cusp of graduation who wants nothing more than to go to Harvard. All she needs is one recommendation … but she’s got classmates who are angling for that same rec. To ensure her own success, she’s going to have to find ways to sabotage some of her peers.

But as her plans start to play out, she discovers that there is far more to these people than she ever might have guessed and that her scheming might well have some unintended effects.

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Monday, 16 May 2022 14:53

Back to school – ‘Senior Year’

For some, the time they spent in high school is a highlight of their lives. They look back on those days with fondness and nostalgia, rose-colored memories of what it meant to be young with the whole world in front of them.

Now imagine if that person had the last few weeks of that experience snatched away from them by circumstance, only to be given the opportunity to make up for lost time many years later.

That’s more or less the premise of “Senior Year,” the new Rebel Wilson-starring Netflix comedy. Directed by Alex Hardcastle and featuring three credited screenwriters, the film is the story of a young woman who winds up in a 20-year coma after an accident, only to wake up and want nothing more than to finish the triumphant high school career she was mere weeks from completing two decades earlier.

So yeah – adult woman with teenager brain goes back to high school. Honestly, seems like an idea with potential, but alas, said potential is never realized. Instead, we’re left with a film that consistently and constantly plucks the lowest-hanging fruit; the whole thing is packed with lazy jokes and more than a few inherent ethical questions that no one involved seems all that interested in acknowledging, instead choosing to ignore anything but the path of least resistance.

There are a few flashes here and there, where you can see the good movie that might have been made. However, they are VERY few, resulting in a film that never quite manages to live up to its central conceit.

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