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Acclaimed graphic novelist Dash Shaw (New School) delivers an audacious debut that is equal parts disaster cinema, high school comedy and blockbuster satire, told through a dream-like mixed media animation style that incorporates drawings, paintings and collage. Dash (voice of Jason Schwartzman) and his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) are nerds preparing for another year at Tides High School muckraking on behalf of their widely-distributed but little-read school newspaper, edited by their friend Verti (Maya Rudolph). But just when a blossoming relationship between Assaf and Verti threatens to destroy the boys’ friendship, Dash learns of the administration’s cover-up that puts all the students in danger. As disaster erupts and the friends race to escape through the roof of the school, they are joined by a popular know-it-all (Lena Dunham) and a lunch lady (Susan Sarandon) who is much more than meets the eye. Piling on brilliant details like a post-apocalyptic cult formed by jocks, video game homages, and an infectious synth soundtrack, the film escalates to a hilarious high-energy finale. With John Cameron Mitchell.
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