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A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment.

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Marcos Siega

Writer:

Skander Halim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evan Rachel Wood ... Kimberly Joyce
David Wagner David Wagner ... Morgan (as David T. Wagner)
Brent Goldberg Brent Goldberg ... Rick
Adi Schnall ... Randa
Elisabeth Harnois ... Brittany
Stark Sands ... Troy
Jane Krakowski ... Emily Klein
Michael Hitchcock ... Headmaster Charles Meyer
Danny Comden ... Roger Nicholl
Jaime King ... Kathy Joyce
Josh Zuckerman ... Josh Horowitz
James Snyder ... Dave
Ron Livingston ... Percy Anderson
Cody McMains ... Kenny
Mike Erwin ... Barry
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Manipulative high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce leads her friends Brittany Wells and Randa Azzouni in bringing charges of sexual assault against Percy Anderson, their English and drama teacher at an exclusive private school in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, local reporter Emily Klein, originally assigned to do an insignificant piece on the school, hopes that the scandal will launch her into celebrity in the television news business, while Kimberly's bigoted father, Hank, is concerned primarily with the effect that his daughter's accusations may have on his business. Written by Anonymous

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Revenge knows no mercy See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexual content and graphic dialogue involving teens, and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2006 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

High School Confidential See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,570, 14 August 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$305,688, 30 October 2005
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Christopher Meloni's character of Russel, Emily's editor/boss was cut from the film. He still receives a 'special thanks' credit. See more »

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Roger Nicholl: You wanna know why she's going to ruin you? 'Cause she knows that you can't do anything about it, that's why. I mean, forget math, English, science. For them, high school is all about cockteasing 101, and I've got news for you - those two are on the honor roll.
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Gare a Toi Jeune Amant
Written by Gilad Benamram (ASCAP), Ran Pink (BMI) & Flora Benamram (ACUM)
Performed by The Marionette Sextet
Recorded and Mixed by Clint Bennett
Published by EverBliss Music, Inc. (ASCAP), Ran Pink Publishing (BMI)
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Like Shooting Ducks in a Row
4 September 2005 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. This one just defies all labels, categories and genres. Definitely not a teen comedy, but it is part Black Comedy, Social Commentary and is written like a spoof ... but it is not a spoof of anything in particular.

The first feature film from director Marcos Siega is off beat as both a comedy and drama. The viewer finds himself in situations of uncomfortable, guilty laughter while at the same time mesmerized by the social topics and excellent acting. The cadence of the dialogue is beyond description and is perfectly displayed at the dinner table with Evan Rachel Woods, her dad played by an over the top James Woods and her new step mom. The family dog plays a big part in the "conversation".

The heart of the story is the devilishly orchestrated false (or are they?) accusations of sexual harassment against drama teacher Ron Livingston (so great in "Office Space"). With so many different agendas at play, we can't help but be drawn into to this story on many levels. Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal") shows a real Priscilla Presley side as the lesbian, glory-hound reporter. Selma Blair (Reece Witherspoon's nemesis in "Legally Blonde") is terrific as Livingston's semi-supportive wife.

Make no mistake, the real star of the film, and the reason it works is the extraordinary talents of Evan Rachel Wood (just plain brilliant in "Thirteen"). Wood takes teen ego and self-centeredness and revenge to a whole new level. As one of the male teacher's states, her character is the devil. Watching how she manipulates her friends, teachers, boys and adults is quite the guilty pleasure. Very few actresses her age could pull off the role of this complex character.

The music of the film is very interesting. It is almost as if each character has their own theme song - you can really sense the focal point of the scene by the music. Not sure who to recommend this to as it is impossible to categorize. If you are up for a strange, outside the box story that is well acted, simply filmed and full of uncertain laughter, then this is the one for you!


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