It’s not easy being an overachiever. Honor has it all planned out (or so she thinks she does). She has perfect grades, all of the extra-curricular activities you could want to put on your résumé, and a ticket straight into Harvard. Well, not quite. She has a close connection to getting into Harvard – her counselor, Mr. Calvin, but what she thinks is a certified ticket to getting into her dream college, turns out to not be the case. In Paramount+‘s clever and incredibly entertaining film, Honor Society, Honor will do whatever it takes to get out from her small town, and she won’t let anyone get in her way.
Honor Society, directed by the fantastic Oran Zegman and written by the terrific David A. Goodman, is as masterful of a film as Honor’s strategic plan to get her foot in the door at Harvard. In the amusing flick, Honor, played by the effortlessly skillful Angourie Rice, finds out that she has three other contenders vying for Mr. Calvin’s recommendation into Harvard. We have passionate playwright, Kennedy (portrayed by Amy Keum), who relishes in dressing as Marie Curie. Then, we have high-school heartthrob and lacrosse player, Travis (brought to life by Armani Jackson). And the one who Honor thinks will be the easiest to get one over, top of the class student, Michael, excellently played by Stranger Things‘s Gaten Matarazzo.
Honor cunningly devises up a plan to target each one of her rivals in order to get her way to the top of Mr. Calvin’s list. She manipulates one of her teachers to have Kennedy’s play be the one performed at school. This way, Kennedy can get so engrossed in the production that she neglects her schoolwork. She then finagles a way for Travis to get involved in the play as well, hitting two birds with one stone. Then there’s Michael, who Honor tries to easily distract with her charm. Honor brings us into her rather devious plan by breaking the fourth wall, but we soon see that the one who conjures up this scheme may also happen to be getting intertwined within it.
This remarkable movie is brilliantly executed in every way. From the sharp-witted script to the unparalleled talents of all of the gifted actors in the film, Honor Society deserves an A+. The ensemble’s great chemistry both on and off set makes this movie as special as it is. Honor Society stars the aforementioned Rice, Matarazzo, Jackson, and Keum, with none other than Superbad’s Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Mr. Calvin, and Ben Jackson Walker, Christian Lagasse, Kelcey Mawema, Avery Konrad, Jason Sakaki, Zoë Christie, and Kerry Butler.
Paramount+ hosted a marvelous, tastemaker screening for Honor Society on July 23 at The London Hotel in Los Angeles, California. The cast, director Oran Zegman, and writer David A. Goodman all had a spectacular time joining together to celebrate the wondrous night.
“It’s truly a miracle when a movie gets made,” said Zegman as she welcomed guests to the screening. “You need to be very lucky if you’re going to get your movie made, but you need to be the luckiest director alive to make a movie with people that become your family.”
Attendees at the event then got their first look at the extraordinary film. Guests were fully engaged with the movie – bellowing with laughter at every joke, having their jaws drop with the mind-blowing plot twist, and joining Honor and her friends in saying, “Love you. Mean it!”
AlexisJoyVIPAccess had a sensational time attending the Los Angeles tastemaker screening of Honor Society. This movie will bring you back to those good ‘ol high-school days and all of the trials and tribulations in between. And, as what director Zegman mentioned at the event, this film also shows the importance of embracing your vulnerability.
Check out some more photos below from the Los Angeles tastemaker screening of Honor Society. School is in session – watch Honor Society streaming now on Paramount+!
Photo Credits: Le Studio Photography