In the grand tradition of great stoner comedies, High School takes you on a nonsensical yet hilarious ride of hijinks that will leave you buzzing. With notable performances from Michael Chiklis, Adrien Brody, and Colin Hanks, High School packs enough of a crass punch to keep you entertained and wanting more.

When the soon to be named valedictorian Henry (Matt Bush) reconnects with his old pal, turbo-stoner Travis (Sean Marquette), the two reminisce about old times over a shared blunt, Henry’s first. What does Henry have to lose after all? He’s the valedictorian with a scholarship to MIT, his dream school, and his whole future is all locked up. What trouble could one blunt with an old pal cause? It turns out: a lot.

Power hungry Principle Gordon , (a hilarious and practicably unrecognizable Michael Chiklis) induces a schoolwide drug test after a student from the school gets caught in a marijuana scandal. Every student must submit to a drug test and face being expelled if he or she tests positive. With Henry’s whole future about to go up in smoke, he must team up with Travis to fight Principle Gordon and his assistant Principle (Colin Hanks) and their plans to drug test the school.

Travis reasons to Henry that in order to fight the system they have to think like stoners; they turn to neighborhood drug lord Psycho Ed (a pitch-perfect Adrien Brody) for help. With his specially grown, super intense crystallized keef, they have enough drugs to get the entire school to fail the drug test and corrupt the Principle’s plans. But will thinking like a stoner get these two ex-best friends burned?

How does High School compare to similar contemporary stoner comedies? High School actually has quite a bit in common with my favorite stoner film, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. Both feature a nonsensical plot, a buddies-in-trouble theme, a clear goal (get to White Castle versus graduate High School, two venerable objectives), and some key cameos (NPH anyone?)

What about Dazed and Confused? Well, Dazed isn’t just a great stoner comedy; it’s a great movie period. Dazed encapsulated not only the 70’s teenage landscape in which pot and alcohol were used liberally but the social change that was going on during the time. High School similarly alters itself to mirror today’s social mores, from the pot smoking decathlon winner  to the power hungry principle, but its breadth and depth is just not the same. Dazed simply blows the average stoner comedy out of the water, and it’s not really fair to compare a small-scale release film.

What a about Pineapple Express, the Seth Rogen and James Franco buddy vehicle? Much like High School, it’s the genuine interactions between the two lead characters that really make the film what it is—not all the running from the law and smoking weed. In the end, High School is in the middle of the pack when it comes to the modern beloved stoner films of our time.

With a small budget and a limited release, this movie will surely be overlooked when it’s released in June in theaters. But don’t let a lack of buzz keep from this laugher; the humor is smart, well timed, and not to be missed. Take the afternoon off and go back to High School.