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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)
Angelina Aucello ... St. Donovan's Student (uncredited)
Andrew 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)

Mohamed 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)

Kimberly Magness ... 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)

Blake Young-Fountain ... Student (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 (as Sherri Berman Laurence)
Jason Shur .... hair stylist
Dina Sliwak .... personal makeup to bruce willis
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 Gibbons .... second assistant director
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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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 .... 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
Bob Curreri .... colorist
Ben Hasler .... post-production coordinator: Yari Film Group
Travis Sittard .... assistant editor
Leroy Wolf .... color timer
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
Gregory Chiodo .... location scout (as Greg Chiodo)
Emily Cramer .... adr actor
Scotch James Diaz Crisostomo .... assistant accountant
Charlie Crowell .... location scout
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
Orit Greenberg .... location scout
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond representative
Michelle Israel .... assistant: director
Melissa Kalbfus .... script supervisor
Cynthia Kao .... production secretary
Richard Keeshan .... assistant production coordinator
Nelson Khoury .... location scout
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager
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
Brendan O'Rourke .... assistant location manager
Darin J. Patterson .... additional production assistant
Kevin Pazmino .... key production assistant
Jean Pesce .... assistant location manager
Jaime Phelps .... production assistant
Michelle Reed .... assistant: Mr. Immerman
Jennifer Roberts .... set production assistant
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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Additional Details

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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Although the location is never clearly stated, Principal Kirkpatrick, played by Bruce Willis, has the state flag of New Jersey in his office. Willis grew up in Penns Grove New Jersey.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 The Usual Suspects (1995)See more »
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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
High School Confidential. . .and Wackiness, 9 July 2010
Author: madbandit20002000 from Queens, New York, USA

Either it's heaven or hell, the four years of high school define us, like it or not, preparing us for adulthood. Some of us are already "old" by that time and the lead hero, Bobby Funke, of the breezy, smart aleck school satire/mystery/coming-of-age opus, "Assassination Of a High School President", is definitely one of them.

If he's not correcting the way people pronouncing his last name (the "e" is silent); noting his grade status, despite his baby face (sophomore); trying (and failing) to get his driver's license or downplaying the event of him being tied to a giant penis made out of snow (!), Funke (Reece Daniel Thompson of "Rocket Science") is trying to be a wunderkind newshound at the Catholic high school he attends, St. Donovan. Problem is he hasn't finished a piece.

So, the paper's editor (spunky Melonie Diaz of "Raising Victor Vargas") assigns Funke to do a piece on class prez/basketball player Paul Moore (Patrick Taylor). Moore's basically a himbo, but also becomes a patsy when the SAT tests scores are stolen from the principal's office. Seeing himself akin to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Funke rolls with the story and becomes a hero. He even gets the amorous respect of Moore's ex-girl, the popular Francesa Fachini (Mischa Barton of "The O.C.").

However, things are more sinister, especially involving Moore's successor/Francesa's step-sib, handsome but sleazy Marlon Piazza (Luke Grimes of the TV drama, "Brothers and Sisters") and that puts Funke is a tight squeeze between high school popularity and journalistic integrity.

An entry at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, "Assassination" is a dark, witty romp that plays on the inanities of high school by putting them in a mystery/pulp noir bag. Sure, "Brick" did it before, but "Assassination" has more humor, subtle and loud, thanks to first-time feature film helmer Brett Simon (did some music videos) and tyro scribes Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski (both were crew members on "South Park").

A younger version of Tom Cruise but with likable geekiness, Thompson shines with an old man complex (he's probably the only student who knows who the aforementioned reporters are!). He wants to belong, but the environment's twisted and immature, despite it being a Catholic high school. Barton's pretty durable in the junior femme fatale role, not deserving the attacks from people who probably never went to an acting class.

The surprise here's Bruce Willis (how the **** did he get in this and you know what he's been in, mother******) as the school's hard ass principal, war vet Jared T. Kirkpatrick, who has a zero-tolerance policy against gum chewing and reminisces about his Gulf War days. Like Adam Baldwin's John Casey of "Chuck", Kirkpatrick's a mentally jittery trigger who resents being in a mundane workplace, infested with social scofflaws.

Some of said individuals help with Funke's investigation, including perverts Dutch Middleton (Joe Perrino) and Ricky Delacruz (Vincent Piazza, also of "Science" and "Boardwalk Empire") and jailbait stripper Sam Landis (Cameron Diaz-like Tanya Fischer of the new TV version of "The Defenders").

The faculty's nuts too. Josh Pais ("Teeth") is a Spanish-language teacher who has an inappropriate lust over the students. Nurse Platt (Kath Morris of "Cold Case") is no different but more hippie-like. Michael Rappaport ("Hitch", "Big Fan") is an overgrown teenager of a basketball coach who's actually a English teacher. The inmates have taken over, people.

With cleverness and echoes from "Chinatown", "Rushmore", "The Usual Suspects" and "Assassin of Youth", "Assassination" is a nice nutty take on how high school can be both cruel and hysterical. It's a nice movie to watch on a Saturday night, if nothing's good on the TV.

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