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Politics, popularity, paranoia, pharmaceuticals. Are you in?
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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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

Zachary Booth ... Rocky Raccoon

Adam Pally ... Freddy Bismark

Tanya Fischer ... Sam Landis

Josh Caras ... Marty Mullen

Zach Roerig ... Matt Mullen

Ashley Springer ... White Kid With Dreadlocks

Emily Meade ... Tiffany Ashwood

Gabrielle Brennan ... Chrissy Moore

Jake Weary ... Hall Monitor
Jessica Link ... High School Student

Laura Ford ... DMV Lady
Linsey Miller ... Party Girl #1

Marc John Jefferies ... Elliot Duncan
Maria Elena Ramirez ... Nancy Margle

Michael Zegen ... Steven Loman
Nick Blaemire ... Byron

Quinn Shephard ... Eye Patch Girl
Whitney Sprayberry ... Party Girl #2

Zoe Weizenbaum ... Female Writer
Tomas Deckaj ... Ben Striedel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Effrem J. Adams ... Shocked Student / Prom Couple (uncredited)

Cara AnnMarie ... Student (uncredited)
Angelina Aucello ... St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)

Andrew Stephen Bradley ... High School Student (uncredited)
Emily Brownell ... Ms. Smart (uncredited)
Alana Cadiz ... Saint Donovan Friar Cheerleader (uncredited)
Gary Cherkassky ... High School Student (uncredited)
Casey Cipriani ... Student (uncredited)
Ryan Curtis ... High School Student (uncredited)
Elsbeth Denman ... Prom Extra (uncredited)

Momo Dione ... Ongatumamwe (uncredited)

John Farrer ... Faculty Priest (uncredited)

Cassidy Gard ... High School Student (uncredited)
Cassie Hansen ... Catholic School Girl (uncredited)
Janelle Henry ... High School Student (uncredited)
Jeanine Hill ... High School Student (uncredited)
Robert Malitsky ... Comet Basketball Player (uncredited)
Ronnie McCoullough ... High School Student (uncredited)
Joel Ney ... St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)

Chris Nuñez ... High School Student (uncredited)

Enrique Sebastian Rivas ... St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
Louis Rosario ... St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
Steven Rubinchik ... High School Student (uncredited)
Ben Skinner ... High School Student (uncredited)
Kathryn Wahl ... Catholic School Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Brett Simon 
Writing credits
Kevin Jakubowski (written by) &
Tim Calpin (written by)

Produced by
Brian Bell .... line producer
Elsie Choi .... co-producer
Doug Davison .... producer
David Glasser .... executive producer
Bradley Jenkel .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Gabriel Mason .... co-producer
Eric Umali .... co-producer
Bob Yari .... producer
Irene Yeung .... co-producer
Original Music by
Daniele Luppi 
Cinematography by
M. David Mullen 
Film Editing by
William M. Anderson 
Thomas J. Nordberg 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Suzanne Crowley 
Billy Hopkins 
Nancy Nayor 
Production Design by
Sharon Lomofsky 
Art Direction by
Anu Schwartz 
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
Costume Design by
Amy Westcott 
Makeup Department
Bert Reo Anderson .... hair stylist
Barry Berger .... assistant makeup artist
Fabian Garcia .... hair department head
Sarit Klein .... makeup artist
Tina LaSpina .... makeup artist
Sherri Berman Laurence .... additional makeup artist
Joel Mendenhall .... makeup artist
Jason Shur .... hair stylist
Dina Sliwiak .... personal makeup to bruce willis (as Dina Sliwak)
Production Management
Buddy Enright .... executive in charge of production
Sean Garrett Fogel .... assistant unit manager
Jill Greenblatt .... post-production manager
Robert Hackl .... post-production supervisor
Adam Park .... executive in charge of post-production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Fatone .... first assistant director
Patrick D. Gibbons .... second assistant director (as Patrick Gibbons)
Kim Thompson .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Joe Cecchini .... art department assistant
Almitra Corey .... art department coordinator
Abariss Culjak .... assistant props
Shannon Finnerty .... buyer
Daniel Fisher .... property master
David Scott Gagnon .... lead man
Scott Griswold .... set dresser
Hunter Harris .... art department intern
Sean Ryan Jennings .... art department production assistant
Victor Littlejohn .... assistant property master
Peter Mayer .... set dresser
Jeff Naparstek .... set dresser
Eric Pastore .... props
Timothy Powers .... on-set dresser
Bob Provenzano .... set dresser
Peter Regnier .... set dresser
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Sanaa Cannella .... foley artist
Chris David .... re-recording mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... supervising dialogue editor
Teferra McKenzie .... second boom operator
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Scott Sanders .... supervising sound designer
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound recordist
Leslie Shatz .... re-recording mixer
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Thomas Varga .... sound mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... first assistant sound editor
Special Effects by
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman
Eddie Bravo .... stunts
Jared Burke .... co-stunt coordinator
Kevin Patrick Burke .... stunts
John Cenatiempo .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... stunt coordinator (as Doug Crosby)
Vince Cupone .... stunt double
Vince Cupone .... stunt driver
Brandon DiCamillo .... stunts (as Brandon Dicamillo)
Clayton Guida .... stunt performer
Clay Guido .... stunts
Anna Mastroianni .... stunts
Mike Pyle .... stunts
Chuck Zito .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Blahut .... electrician
Kevin L. Bright .... key grip: second Unit
Vincent Camuto .... video playback technician
Anthony Gamiello .... key grip
Philip Gleason .... additional video assist
Noah Philip Lagin .... camera production assistant
Brian C. Mackey .... camera loader
John Francis McCarthy .... camera intern
John J. Moers .... documentary cameraman
Jeff Muhlstock .... Steadicam operator
Jeff Muhlstock .... additional cinematogrpher
Jeff Muhlstock .... camera operator: "a" camera
Richard Neumann .... best boy electric
Jeff Niggemeyer .... electrician
Wayne Paull .... camera operator: "b" camera
Ian Pratt .... grip
Leigh Rathner .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Frank Rinato .... key first assistant camera
Jon W. Rosenbloom .... dolly grip
Frank Schumo .... key rigging grip
Dara Selbert .... camera production assistant
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
Casting Department
Mihal Freinquel .... extras casting associate
Jessica Kelly .... casting associate
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Merav Elbaz Belschner .... stitcher (as May Elbaz)
Erin Byrne .... costumer
James Deanes .... costumer
Kathy Karbowski .... wardrobe supervisor
Estella Marie .... seamstress
Estella Marie .... set costumer
Katie Martin .... wardrobe assistant
Tracy Nishimoto .... set costumer
Lenore Pemberton .... assistant costume designer
Shelby Saboy .... set costumer
Nicci Schinman .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate editor
Robert Curreri .... colorist (as Bob Curreri)
Ben Hasler .... post-production coordinator: Yari Film Group
Travis Sittard .... assistant editor
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
Location Management
Gregory Chiodo .... location scout (as Greg Chiodo)
Charlie Crowell .... location scout
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Nelson Khoury .... location scout
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
Brendan O'Rourke .... assistant location manager
Jean Pesce .... assistant location manager
Music Department
Kevin Fink .... soundtrack coordinator
Richard A. Harrison .... music editor
Liza Richardson .... music supervisor
H. Anton Riehl .... programmer: musical score
H. Anton Riehl .... score mixer
Jason Ruder .... music editor
Transportation Department
Timothy Paustian .... transportation captain
Thomas Reilly .... transportation co-captain
Scott Roth .... driver
Other crew
Daniel Altieri .... production assistant
Giles Andrew .... production assistant
Elizabeth A. Bell .... senior vice president & general counsel
Stuart Burkin .... executive in charge of post
Emily Cramer .... adr actor
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... assistant accountant
Tomas Deckaj .... set production assistant
Anne Marie Dentici .... set production assistant
Farnaz Fahid .... assistant: David C. Glasser
Dan Gloeckner .... set production assistant
Sean Grady .... stand-in
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Michelle Israel .... assistant: director
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor
Cynthia Kao .... production secretary
Richard Keeshan .... assistant production coordinator
Eric LaFranchi .... set production assistant
Stephanie A. Marquardt .... script supervisor
Clem McIntosh .... production assistant (as Clement McIntosh)
Linda L. Miller .... production executive
Michael E. Morales .... production legal counsel
Karen S. Neasi .... product placement
Malee Nerenhausen .... production executive
Darin J. Patterson .... additional production assistant
Kevin Pazmino .... key production assistant
Michelle Reed .... assistant: Mr. Immerman
Jennifer Roberts .... set production assistant
Jaime Rosegren .... production assistant (as Jaime Phelps)
Kimberly Simpson .... assistant: Elizabeth A. Bell
Michelle Stella .... assistant: Brian Bell
Michael Stewart .... additional production assistant
Skye Stolnitz .... assistant: Linda L. Miller
Steve Tsentserensky .... production assistant
Alex Vonhungen .... contract administrator
C.J. Vranca .... vp of business affairs
John Whitley .... payroll accountant
Christa Zofcin Workman .... senior business affairs executive (as Christa Zofcin)
Peter Conboy .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jonathan Bell .... thanks
Stephen J. Eads .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"The High School Conspiracy" - Europe (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for sexual content, some nudity, language, and drug and alcohol use - all involving teens
93 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
[first lines]
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...
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References "Inspector Gadget" (1983)See more »
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22 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Hilariously serious high school noir, 17 November 2009
Author: Andrew DiMonte (NoArrow) from My House, Canada

"Assassination of a High School President" is a pleasant surprise: a high school noir comedy where the joke is how seriously it takes itself. It never leaves the classroom - nothing that happens in it is too ridiculous - but it maintains a consistent sense of epic importance that successfully subverts, and is subverted by, its own fairly mundane story. On that level it's sort of brilliant; we understand how important the events of the story are to the characters while never losing track of how comically meager they are to us, the seasoned moviegoers. Now, just reading that, I can't imagine a more effective way of representing secondary school.

The story is this: (wannabe) star reporter of the school newspaper Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson) gets a puff piece on student body president Paul More (Patrick Taylor) at the same time a stack of SATs are stolen right out of Principal Kirpatrick's (Bruce Willis) office. Kirpatrick appoints Bobby as his head investigator and it turns out the two stories are deeply connected. More than that I will not say, although keep in mind this film is closer to Wes Anderson than James M. Cain.

And another thing it isn't is Rian Johnson's "Brick." Its 2005 genre predecessor and "Miller's Crossing" rip-off, that was the film where Joseph Gordon-Levitt was a down-and-out student playing two high school gangs against each other. It's the movie this one has been most compared to, unfavourably, although the two are nothing alike. "Brick" was a film of dead weight, a leaden "drama" with aged and dreary characters and a story meant to confuse and depress you. It was a gangly, nearly incomprehensible movie that's gained cult status mainly, I think, because most of its fans don't understand it. It was a movie with a story and setting that never came together, and with a sensibility and technique more heavy-handed than the worst Hollywood message movie.

"Assassination" just wants to make you laugh, and, in the process, laugh off the petty issues that plague high school life (I can see it being almost therapeutic for kids facing those problems today). It sparkles with an understated wit and has a real atmosphere to it; with stylish, brooding cinematography and dialogue that's one third noirspeak and two thirds teenage dirty-mindedness. It never plays above or below its own maturity level, at once broadly funny and fiendishly clever.

It's also a showcase for a host of young actors who are likely to become the Steve Buscemis and Robert Downey Jr.'s of their generation. Reece Thompson is note-perfect as Bobby, a classically straightlaced gumshoe-in-training who can't seem to catch a break. He holds the movie on his back and shows some real star power. Taylor is hilarious as the air-headed president, and Bobby's three stoner friends - Tanya Fischer, Luke Grimes and Vincent Piazza - inject their scenes with a put-upon camaraderie. Mischa Barton, Adam Pally and Melonie Diaz also shine.

The old pro's have a lot of fun with the material: Willis, Kathryn Morris and Michael Rapaport. Willis is particularly strong as the scene-stealing principal. He's a deadly serious, tough-as-nails man who can't stop talking about his tour of duty in the Gulf War - perhaps not the most appropriate coaching technique for a group of adolescents. His dialogue is spotless, timing perfect and intensity - palpable. Every scene he appears in elevates the material to a heightened level of pulp/pop culture craziness; you almost can't believe that's actually Bruce Willis standing there, having so much fun, almost impersonating himself. I'd go so far as to say Willis deserves a Supporting Actor nomination for his work here.

It's an effective comedy and an interesting mystery. It has a lot of fun with its premise instead of sticking to it with an almost dutiful monogamy like "Brick" did. It's well-made enough to make its director, Brent Simon, someone to watch out for. It's not perfect, the conclusion lacks some umph, but that only makes sense considering the film's last line: "Forget it Bobby, it's High School." 8/10

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