Honor Society centres around high-school pupil Honor (Angourie Rice – Senior Year, The Nice Guys), who does everything by the book, has a plan for everything, and wants everything just-so. She loves The Handmaid’s Tale, and says that unlike Ofred, she has control of her own life… because she’s getting out of high school.
Fans of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will instantly recognise how Honor talks to the camera like he did in his film. Obviously, very few films are going to top that one, but it’s used to great effect, here.
For a film that’s just over 90 minutes, it has a long introduction for this girl who’s such a ‘jolly hockey sticks’ type, who put the school paper online, and is the captain of the hockey team, so she’s a Jack of all trades, but a master of some?
While showing off her parents, she declares, “These two people screwed once, and made me… Ewww.”, and in the age of being beaten about the head about ‘climate change’, we’re told, “A flyer’s like a tweet that ruins the environment”.
The girl with a plan has made it her four-year mission to get to Harvard, just like her literary idol, Margaret Atwood. It’ll involve her sucking up to Mr Calvin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), who is meant to come across like an old duffer, but the actor is only 33. He has to make the choice between Honor, token overweight kid Michael Dipnicky (Gaten Matarazzo), school jock Travis Biggins (Armani Jackson) and Chinese introvert Kennedy Park (Amy Keum). Hence, how can she find a way to sabotage things for them?
Honor Society feels like one of those decent coming-of-age tales I saw in the ’80s, so it succeed in taking me back. Angourie Rice was great in the recent Senior Year – as a younger Rebel Wilson, and she’s very engaging in this film, especially when she gives a knowing raise of one eyebrow to the camera. The supporting cast also do well in fleshing out their roles, with a good script to accompany them.
Plus, the end credits feature outtakes and plenty of corpsing.
And for those who’ve been following the Intellivision Amico debacle, Honor’s father, Marvin (Michael P Northey), is the spitting image of DJC Game Studios.
Thanks to our friends at Paramount+ for the screener prior to release.
Honor Society is on Paramount+ from Saturday July 30th, but isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Running time: 97 minutes
Release date: July 30th 2022
Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
Director: Oran Zegman
Producer: Michael Lewen
Screenplay: David A Goodman
Music: Daniel Markovich, Ben Zeadman
Honor: Angourie Rice
Michael Dipnicky: Gaten Matarazzo
Mr. Calvin: Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Travis Biggins: Armani Jackson
Kennedy Park: Amy Keum
Emma: Avery Konrad
Janet Rose: Kerry Butler
Marvin Rose: Michael P Northey
Christine: Miku Patricia Martineau
Talia: Kelcey Mawema
Ms. Felson: Candice Hunter
Grace: Zoë Christie-Dowd
Todd: Christian Lagasse
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