The Skulls (2000)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - Mar 31, 2000 (USA)  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - Canada , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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On the surface this teen thriller appears to have more on its mind than cheap scares, but its message about class elitism and social tolerance is lost amidst the absurdity of its central conceit. That a top-secret society of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the nation would advertise its activities with a giant skull on top of a frat house is just one of several problems with The Skulls. The film's flaws extend well beyond poorly conceived production design, however. While the genre, the Ivy League setting, and the casting of Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson would seem to suggest that a helping of Kevin Williamson-style wit and erudition is to be served, screenwriter John Pogue has penned dialogue so ludicrous that some of the lines are unintentionally hilarious. Although the film's anti-establishment vibe might ring true with some of its intended youthful audience, even that demographic has probably become spoiled by the relatively deeper and more thoughtful rendering of television shows and movies that take them seriously, and will find The Skulls as insipid as everyone else.