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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.

Director:

Brett Simon
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Cast

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 deleted scenes show multiple references to John Wilkes Booth, which frames the scene where the rooftop shooter jumps down from the roof and limps away on one leg. See more »

Goofs

The Spanish teacher mispronounces the word "página." See more »

Quotes

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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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Connections

References Chinatown (1974) See more »

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Cheekbone Hollows (Pop 1/2 Life)
Written and Performed by Child Ballads
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Completely awesome
1 October 2008 | by cremins03See all my reviews

I saw this film at Sundance at the Salt Lake screening. I have to say I was really surprised by how much I liked it. This is NOT your typical high school movie. It's the antidote to say movies like High School Musical. I'd call it Rushmore meets the Usual Suspects or John Hughes on acid or something. The characters were great, Bruce Willis was excellent and most of all it was absolutely, laugh out loud hilarious. I can't believe this film hasn't come out yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing it again. I get the feeling it could go on to become one of those Lebowski type comedies. There was so much stuff packed in there that it should get better every time you see it.


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