Netflix A-Z: Detention (2011)

I’m back into watching Netflix! I’m going to be honest that it is hard to focus on movies when there are so many updated TV series hanging about. As this goes up, I may or may not have finished or closed to finishing Orange is the New Black Season 4. I’ll hold off my thoughts on it until the TV Binge post coming up soon. As for the D selection, its Detention! If I remember correctly, my awesome cohost Melissa from The Creative Fox Den had mentioned it to me before airtime before. We all know she has fantastic taste in movies so I was honestly excited to watch it but just needed to find the right moment to do it.

Let’s check it out! 🙂

Detention (2011)

Detention 2011

Director (and co-writer): Joseph Kahn

Cast: Shanley Caswell, Josh Hutcherson, Aaron David Johnson, Spencer Locke, Dane Cook, Parker Bagley, Jonathan Park, Tiffany Boone

As a copycat killer named after movie villain Cinderhella stalks the student body at Grizzly Lake High School, a group of co-eds band together to survive while serving detention.-IMDB

I don’t even know where to start with Detention. Its a really quirky and fun movie for one. It plays on a lot of horror movies or maybe even other movies. It exaggerates the cliches. The characters are a little weird at times and there are some awkward scenes but it always seems to work in favor of the movie as a whole. Detention feels like watching a surprise. You kind of know where things are going but then you never quite know whats going to happen exactly.  The things they stay are modern but retro 90s in a way. There’s mascots, time travel, slasher, high school drama, romance and a lot of other stuff. Detention is kind of like Breakfast Club but with a slasher. I can seriously go on.


Thing is we have two main leads here: Shanley Caswell as Riley and Josh Hutcherson as Clapton. Riley is kind of the loser girl in school. She’s the person inside the mascot and she does silly things and just a nobody. Clapton is kind of a somebody since he’s a jock. He gets along with everyone and has a hot cheerleader girlfriend but then he’s targeted because of the ex of his girlfriend. Behind all this, Clapton and Riley are also neighbors and pretty good friends and well, Riley has a massive crush on him. At times, it feels like he likes her too but then with all that happens, it gets a little lost in the mix as we try to find out who the slasher is and their motives. The even better part is that the slasher copycat actually wasn’t too obvious. It adds to how its a fun watch. Not to mention Cinderhella is a pretty great villain.

Detention 2011

Overall, there isn’t really too much to say about Detention. Its a little gem that doesn’t seem to known to a lot of people. At least I haven’t heard people talking about it. The story is fun. I like films that mock the cliches or play on them. Josh Hutcherson and Shanley Caswell along with a ton of the cast are entertaining to watch. Its just so much fun! I kind of want to revisit it again!

Have you seen Detention?

Next indie Netflix A-Z is E! Can you guess which movie it is?
Hint: Its made by a production company that is pretty huge on YouTube. 


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