The Binge: America celebrates a day of drinking and drugs

American High -- "The Binge" -- Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day. Sarah (Zainne Saleh), Kimmi (Marta Piekarz), Andrew (Eduardo Franco), Hags (Dexter Darden), Griffin (Skyler Gisondo), Lena (Grace Van Dien), Dakota (Brittany Garms) and Seb (Esteban Benito), shown. (Photo by: Brett Roedel/Hulu)
American High -- "The Binge" -- Set in a time where all drugs and alcohol are illegal, the only day anyone can participate in the "fun" is on Binge day. Sarah (Zainne Saleh), Kimmi (Marta Piekarz), Andrew (Eduardo Franco), Hags (Dexter Darden), Griffin (Skyler Gisondo), Lena (Grace Van Dien), Dakota (Brittany Garms) and Seb (Esteban Benito), shown. (Photo by: Brett Roedel/Hulu) /
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Is The Binge on Hulu worth watching this weekend?

The Binge is a Hulu original movie about a dystopian world where alcohol and narcotics are illegal except for one day per year.

It is a comedic version of The Purge. In a dystopian America, all alcohol and narcotics are banned except for a12-hour period once a year. Anyone who is 18 years or older can participate in binging. It’s a holiday many of-age adults look forward to each year.

The Binge follows two best friends, Griffin (Skylar Gisondo) and Hags (Dexter Darden), who will participate in their first binge together. Griffin is an innocent and reserved guy who has a secret crush on Lena (Grace Van Dien). He’s hesitant to participate in the night’s activities because many binge stories ruin that person’s life after the holiday.

Hags is the slightly cooler friend who is a bit of a troublemaker. He’s been looking forward to binging for years and doesn’t want to celebrate with anyone more than his best friend. Griffin and Hags team up with a third friend, Andrew (Eduardo Franco) since he has a connection to get into an exclusive binge party.

A crazy plan goes south on The Binge

The trio’s adventures go from bad to worse very quickly. There’s an abundance of drinking, drug use, and sexual references. The Binge is precisely what you would imagine seeing when you restrict all substances and then allow teenagers to go crazy one night. The comedy level is similar to the movie Good Boys and Netflix’s original film The Package. Viewers may recognize Andrew as Jeremy from The Package.

Gisondo, Darden, and Franco are a hilarious trio. They have several difficulties along their way to the secretive party, but they make it there together despite the odds. One of the villains in The Binge is the high school principal, Principal Carlsen, played by Vince Vaughn. Principal Carlsen is Lena’s dad and very against binge night. He encourages the high schoolers to abstain from the night’s activities. Vaughn has some entertaining scenes, but he isn’t the main character of this film.

The Binge is a typical high school comedy film. It’s full of funny moments and incredibly awkward scenes. I think it’s funny and entertaining enough to watch multiple times. It’s rated TV-MA, so even though it’s on Hulu, it’s probably not the best choice for a younger audience.

The Binge is now streaming on Hulu.

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