High School

Composed By: The Newton Brothers

Distributed by: MovieScore Media

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the 2010 comedy High School, Matt Bush is Henry Burke, soon to be the valedictorian of his high school.  Unfortunately, the day after he takes his first hit of marijuana, the high school principal (Michael Chiklis) takes a stand against drugs Ė a zero tolerance stand requiring all students take a drug test.  Henry and his stoner friend Breaux (Sean Marquette) devise a plan to nullify the results of the drug test by getting the entire student body stoned.  Unfortunately, a major part of their plan calls for them to steal premium weed from law student turned drug dealer Psycho Ed (Adrien Brodie).  Not a good idea to get someone named Psycho Ed angry.

            The musical score of High School was composed by The Newton Brothers, a composing duo that have been making music since they were children.  Raised on opera, radio, concerts and movies, it seemed inevitable that Andy and Taylor would develop a career that would combine their love for music and movies.  Known for creating music from just about anything, including kazoos, broken glass, harmonicas, steel guitars and conventional instruments, The Newton Brothers began their composing career in 2007 with the television series Connected and have gone on to create musical scores for such movies as Detachment, Setup, Hijacked and more.           

            The musical score of High School is a mix of rock and pop music, featuring loud guitars, heavy percussion and electronic sound.  There is a Latin flare exhibited in tracks featuring Psycho Ed with a sort of Mexican standoff sound complete with maracas and mean sounding guitars.  Vocals also find their way on the track with humming, incomplete sentences and strange sounds.

            The High School Soundtrack has a definite edge to it and is something Iím not used to receiving from MovieScore Media.  Most of the soundtracks from this company feature orchestral scores, so this was a refreshing change.  However, I donít think that I would actually purchase this score if I never saw the movie.  While I enjoy rock instrumentals, would I be willing to pay $10.00 for a little over half an hour of music?  I donít think so.


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