Mac and Devin Go to High School (Blu-ray)

June 30, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Devin (Wiz Khalifa) and Mac (Snoop Dogg) attend the same high school, but they couldn’t be much more different. Devin is a honor student with hopes of being valedictorian, but he has discovered his social experiences are minimal. Mac has been in high school for almost two decades and is a social dynamo, but his grades have never risen. Devin needs social experience to write his graduation speech, while Mac needs to hit the books to impress his latest love interest. With three weeks of school left, Mac and Devin decide to help each other succeed, with a little help from some unexpected sources. But can a bookworm and a burnt out loser somehow overcome the odds and find what they’re looking for? Or will Devin remain an outcast and Mac be doomed to return for a sixteenth senior year?

If you can’t enough weed related humor, then you will Mac & Devin Go to High School. But if you’re not into constant weed jokes, then you might not be all that dazzled. In what seems to be more of a promotional tool for Snoop Dogg and Whiz Kalifa’s latest tracks, Mac & Devin Go to High School is short and packed with jokes about weed. The film runs about an hour once credits are removed, so at least it is brisk. The writing is consistent, as the focus remains on getting high and not much else, including an animated segment with a talking joint. But the plot never moves past that kind of humor, so unless you’re toasted as you watch, you might get a little bored. The performances are what you’d expect, the cast just seems to be having fun on set and not all that concerned with anything else. If you’re a diehard pot humor lover or a fan of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa however, then you’ll want to be sure to check out Mac & Devin Go to High School.

Video: How does it look?

Mac & Devin Go to High School is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. This is a solid transfer, but doesn’t stand out in terms of detail and depth. You won’t mistake this for a DVD, as the detail is strong, but it doesn’t have the three dimensional depth you find in the best high definition treatments. The colors look bright and natural however, while contrast is stable and consistent. Not an elite level transfer perhaps, but a very good one even so.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack has a lot of life, thanks to the film’s music. The deep bass is what stands out, but all of the music elements sound terrific here. This is good since the rest of the sound design is rather pedestrian, so the music adds some much needed depth. I found dialogue to be clear and clean, with no volume concerns or other issues to contend with.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The lone extra is an audio commentary with director Dylan Brown, who is joined by stars Snoop Dogg and Whiz Khalifa.


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