Cram Sheet: Dark high school movies
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By Deborah Netburn, Jevon Phillips and Patrick Day, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
The dark high school comedy usually involves one of three main themes: 1. Sex. 2. Murder. 3. The outsider/severe, painful, social awkwardness.
One might argue that the dark high school comedy makes perhaps the best use of the black comedy genre because the subject matter and the medium are so perfectly paired; For most of us, high school is both painful and embarrassing, while at the same time being hilarious in retrospect. A perfect recipe for darkly comic storytelling.
Continue reading for examples of some of the best of the genre.