Back To School review: Not a film stuck in high school

Back To School review: Not a film stuck in high school

The beauty of Back to School lies in its ability to make a comedy filled with homophobic and racist jokes while also remaining politically correct. Back To School starts with a moment of fat-shaming by a bunch of jocks. Director Remy Four and Julien War along with writer Florian Assous keep us in touch with the general nature of an American teenage movie while they bring on their French twist. There are two Jonathans in the film. Jonathan Lopez, the cool kid, and Jonathan Picket, the fat boy who got bullied by the cool kid and his friends. Years later, Jonathan P and his best friend Pierre have become the cool nerds, but they still want to go back to high school only to see if they are better off than the boys who once bullied them. They fail to find Jonathan Lopez and that is where the fun begins. Everyone mistakes Jonathan P to be Lopez for almost the rest of the film. The former girlfriend Linda even mistakenly starts having the most romantic moments with him while Jonathan P only fulfils his fantasy. He also discovers that Lopez had a homosexual moment at the locker room. He gets introduced to a high school world he always wanted to be part of. Here’s when the comedy begins along with homophobia. Lopez and his friends often called the nerd gang names and started a rumour about them being gay, but that was all back at a time when making fun of gay people was cool; it’s 2019 now, and Pierre wants to take revenge but remains politically correct simultaneously. Instead of homophobic comments, he creates graffiti about how the two enemies enjoyed a gay moment. Cleverly enough, director Remy Four and Julien War along with writer Florian Assous remained politically correct while empathising with the characters who were once bullied. A similar trick was noticed a little earlier in the film when Jonathan P meets one of his old classmates who work as a cab driver. They describe their vacation in India and how they enjoyed learning about poverty. You almost start a one-sided whiny conversation with the film about how India is not only about poverty to which the film subtly replies to you too, with a good glimpse of the characters who are speaking about India. It takes a special kind of talent to remain so visually politically correct while delivering homophobic jokes. Rating: 3/5 (Watch the film here)


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