Mac and Devin Go to High School (2012)

Mac and Devin Go to High School (2012)
Mac & Devin Go to High School (2012) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Bill Leon (Six Pack) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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So what they get drunk? So what they smoke weed? They’re just having fun, they don’t care who sees… well I saw… something. It wasn’t really a movie but, I saw it. Mac and Devin Go to High School has got to be hands down the worst attempt at pot humor in a movie I have ever seen in my life. Despite the fact this is a straight to DVD release, I think its safe to say that this is the worst ‘stoner film’ in existence… seriously. It’s that bad.

From what I’ve gathered, this film lead to the soundtrack and not vice versa. Followers of popular music probably know the title of this film from its soundtrack which contains one of the biggest hits worldwide for Wiz Khalifa, “Young, Wild & Free”. Any Wiz or Snoop Dogg fan that has any interest whatsoever in this movie; I’m advising you right now that this will be a very spoiler heavy review. Snoop Dogg plays Mac, a high school delinquent who’s been held back something like 15 times. Wiz Khalifa plays Devin, a bookish intelligent young student and the school’s Valedictorian with an overbearing girlfriend thats barely in the movie. Despite being such an unlikely duo, the two quickly become friends to convenience the plot, and Mac wants to bang the a substitute chemistry teacher who doesn’t date students THEREFORE he must finally graduate high school. Got all that?

A Toast

Enjoying a bad movie and enjoying a bad comedy are different appreciations. There are some things in this movie that are likeable. Snoop Dogg is genuinely funny at times and unintentionally funny at others. Every once in awhile when the movie turns into a music video at random, some of the songs are admittedly not bad. “Talent Show” is a catchy track, despite Wiz Khalifa’s laughable ‘freestyle’ creation of the song which precedes it. “Young, Wild & Free” has grown on me although I wouldn’t recommend the Wiz Khalifa haters to tread these waters. I don’t see this movie converting any haters into new fans. Speaking of Wiz…

These two are the stars of this movie… if you can’t get over that, I suggest you turn back now.

Beer Two

Wiz Khalifa is pretty bad in this. I know he’s a rapper and not an actor, but that’s kind of the point. Admittedly, I don’t know that much about Wiz Khalifa but in this movie, his delivery of 99% of his lines is just atrocious. Snoop Dogg is more believable as a 15 year high school senior. I will say this, though, I think if Wiz Khalifa tried to act, and had a good director advising him, he could transition to acting if he really wanted to… but I doubt that will happen.

Beer Three

The pot element of this movie is off the charts. If you told someone this was supposed to be a spoof of stoner films, they might believe you. It opens with a fucking talking joint voiced by Mystikal. YES. THAT Mystikal. And its name is Slow Burn… Jesus Christ. Everyone at their school is obsessed with weed. They’re obsessed with weed that they use weed as an alternate fuel source for a chemistry project… If you smoke weed find any of this as stupid as I did watching, you may experience the same sentiment, “I never thought I could ever appreciate How High as much as I do right now…”

And then this happened in a montage… for some reason.

Beer Four

Andy Milonakis is in this, I almost forgot. Because handicapped people are funny…? I didn’t really get what the fuck he was doing in this movie… and he shotguns some weed through a girl farting smoke out of her ass… so that fucking happened… Is that what his character was intended for…?

Beer Five

So Snoop Dogg wants to bang the substitute chemistry teacher who won’t date him until he graduates… and her name is Ms. Huck… Ms. Fuck. Get it? She pairs Mac and Devin up as chemistry partners and the ‘weird villainous white guy’ of the movie is also interested in Ms. Huck. Mac gets Devin high with pot cookies or something and 34 and a half minutes later (the movie’s time, not mine), he’s freestyling about how much weed he buys and smokes… okay? How the fuck does that make sense?

Beer Six

Its almost insulting how unfunny this is. Not that its got anyone credible behind it to be anything but mildly annoyed in the grand scheme, the outrageousness of some of the gags and the occasionally above average soundtrack are enough to keep it afloat as an enjoyably terrible comedy movie.

There’s seriously a talking joint in this movie voiced by “Shake That Ass” Mystikal.

Verdict

Clumsily directed, horrendously written, and without a doubt the worst weed comedy I’ve seen in quite some time, Mac & Devin Go to High School makes Bio-Dome look like The Big Lebowski. So what’s the best cure for a bad weed movie? BOOZE!

Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time weed is consumed.

Take a Drink: when Slow Burn (the talking joint) is on screen.

Take a Drink: when they fuck with the audio (You’ll know what I mean when it happens.)

Take a Drink: when Snoop Dogg makes you laugh unintentionally

Take a Shot: when Andy Milonakis shotguns weed out of a girl’s ass

 Take a Shot: when the movie turns into a music video.

About Bill Leon

Writer/Podcast at Movieboozer

One comment

  1. Now this sounds like a great drinking game movie. Great review!

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