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Assassination of a High School President (2008)

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At a Catholic high school, the popular girl teams up with a sophomore newspaper reporter to investigate a case of stolen SAT exams. Once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed.

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Brett Simon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mischa Barton ... Francesca Fachini
Reece Thompson ... Bobby Funke (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
Bruce Willis ... Principal Jared T. Kirkpatrick
Michael Rapaport ... Coach Z
Kathryn Morris ... Nurse Platt
Melonie Diaz ... Clara Diaz
Josh Pais ... Padre Newell
Luke Grimes ... Marlon Piazza
Patrick Taylor ... Paul Moore
Aaron Himelstein ... Tad Goltz
Joe Perrino ... Dutch Middleton
John Magaro ... Cipriato
Robin Lord Taylor ... Alex Schneider (as Robin Taylor)
Vincent Piazza ... Ricky Delacruz
Zoë Kravitz ... Valerie Torres
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Storyline

High School. Four of the most important years of your life. But it isn't always dances and keg parties and sucking face in your parents' mini-van. Sometimes it's ugly and hard and complicated. As complicated as a conspiracy to overthrow the president. There's something rotten at St. Donovan's High and sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke is on it like pink rubber bands on your little sister's braces. When senior hottie Francesca Facchini solicits Funke's help tracking down a set of stolen SATs, Funke uncovers a story dirtier than the lunch lady's mustache. After he fingers the school president (figuratively) for the crime, Funke becomes one of the most popular kids at St. Donovan's High. No longer known simply as the freshman who was once tied to a giant snowman penis, Funke wins the respect of everyone from the Desert-Storm-hero-turned-educator Principal Kirkpatrick to the kid that farts on him in Spanish class. When Francesca takes Funke to homecoming, even the in-school ... Written by Yari Film Group

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Politics, popularity, paranoia, pharmaceuticals. Are you in?

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, some nudity, language, and drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sophomore See more »

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Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital | DTS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film contains numerous nods to film noir. The last line "Forget it, Frankie, it's just high school" is a reference to that of Chinatown (1974) and the initial lineup of student suspects is a visual reference to The Usual Suspects (1995). See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Marlon and Bobby play beer pong versus Tad, the scene cuts back and forth between shots to show the two teams. The shots repeatedly show a full set of cups, as if the game hadn't started yet, despite showing multiple shots where both sides had drunk some of the cups, revealing editing errors. See more »

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Bobby Funke: [narrating] You want to know the truth about high school? You've got to break it down into its elements. Unfortunately, at St. Donovan's, the periodic table is more crooked than a case of scoliosis. Just give me the chance and I'll set it all straight. Case in point, Spanish homework. "Dame un batido de esperma" does not mean, "Take me to the airport." It means, "Give me a sperm milkshake." And 22 kids gave that as an answer in Spanish 3 last week. I'm not sure about the milkshake, ...
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References Inspector Gadget (1983) See more »

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Assassination of a High School President should be assassinated
21 October 2010 | by moviesaccordingtodesSee all my reviews

I liked the detective wanna be feel…both intriguing and amusing. The movie was unnecessarily perverted, but as a movie seeking teen viewers it was probably trying to get on their level and to appeal to them. Since teens are perverted this makes sense.

That's really all I can say about this movie. I chuckled a few times and I liked the detective feel and narrations. Other than that I wasn't too interested in the story. It wasn't too captivating but then again…I'm not a teen. Maybe this film is just out of my age range.

The acting was what was expected in this type of film. I was kind of surprised with the acting because two of the main actors are Bruce Willis and Mischa Barton…need I say more? The best actor to me was the lead role, Reece Thompson. Never heard of him before but he played the part well. I felt like Willis and Barton were trying to hard to fit their roles. I can't blame them for this though. If the film was better I think the acting would have been as well.


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