A scene from “My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea.”
“MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA” — 2 stars — Voices of Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Reggie Watts, Maya Rudolph, Susan Sarandon; PG-13 (some images of peril, sexual references and drug material); Tower
At 75 minutes long, “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” barely feels longer than its very literal title. But while this little animated production does feature some creative highlights, its content makes it a tough endorsement at full ticket price.
Director/writer/animator Dash Shaw’s film follows a handful of high school students after an earthquake leaves their school adrift on, and gradually sinking into, the Pacific Ocean. They have a leader of sorts, since these kinds of movies usually require one, but he’s more the protagonist by default not popularity.
Dash (voiced by Jason Schwartzman) is a bit of a deluded outcast, with the kind of attitude that makes his social isolation a self-fulfilling prophecy. He regularly uses his position on the school newspaper to indulge his self-absorbed crusades, and he gets in trouble after writing — and distributing — a spiteful takedown of his best friend Assaf (Reggie Watts) and the paper’s editor Verti (Maya Rudolph).
Dash digs his hole a little deeper when he sneaks into the school’s archives and discovers that Tides High’s new top-floor auditorium isn’t up to earthquake code (apparently the…