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Screener Squad: Senior Year

Senior Year Movie Review


For some people, high school was the best time of their life. They were queens and/or kings of the world, even though they were in fact underdeveloped children with a very narrow world view. And those people who still cling to the magic of those four awkward and uncomfortable adolescent years are probably living very sad lives. High school ends. We grow up. We move on. Unless of course you’re the unfortunate victim of a failed cheerleading basket toss that puts you into a coma that you come out of 20 years later with the body of a 37 year old and the mind of a teen. Take a little bit of Billy Madison and smash it together with a bit of Mean Girls and come out the other side with Senior Year. This Netflix comedy stars Rebel Wilson as Stephanie, who has been in that proposed coma for two decades, and she’s ready to pick up exactly where she left off. She goes back to her high school and tries to assume her role as the star of her senior class. She reconnects with her two best friends, Martha (Mary Holland), and Seth (Sam Richardson), as well as picking right back up her teenage rivalry with her nemesis Tiffany (Zoë Chao). I mean, the b-word stole Blaine, Steph’s hot boyfriend (Justin Hartley). As rare as it seems these days, this is a straight up comedy without any other genre blends. But did it leave Harmoni, Frank, Chad, and T.C. laughing, disappointed, or dusting off their burned mix CDs and jamming out to some Mandy Moore?


DIRECTED BY: Alex Hardcastle

STARRING: Rebel Wilson, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Mary Holland, Justin Hartley, Chris Parnell, Angourie Rice, Michael Cimino, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Alicia Silverstone, Zaire Adams, Ana Yi Puig, Molly Brown, Tyler Barnhardt, Lucy Taylor, Brandon Scott Jones, Joshua Colley, Jade Bender, Avantika Vandanapu, Merrick McCartha, Steve Aoki




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)

Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



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