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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.


Brett Simon





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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


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]





Release Date:

8 April 2010 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sophomore See more »


Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Principal Jared explains the Arabic word "La Hariq" meaning, he says it means don't shoot, However it actually literally means "No Fire"; whereas don't shoot is either "Ma Titliq El Nar" or "Matedrabsh Nar" depending on the dialect spoken, considering he heard it near Tigris, the first variation would be more likely. This mistake is likely due to using generic literal translators. See more »


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, 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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A slamdunked cult classic with smarts to spare...
4 October 2009 | by guringoSee all my reviews

It's the coming-of-age of a gum-chewing gumshoe, from geek to sleek, in the 'meanhalls' of the school that never sleeps. And as such, it's one hilarious genre-spoof that actually works on all levels, the kind that when you're not laughing out right you're grinning from ear to ear. I'd even say it drives a stake thru Twi'blight, especially in regards to the hyper-true-love-of-the-super-mature-movie-teens.

I loved the 'school as prison' backdrop- Shawshank meets Hamlet 2 sort of thing, but neither over-the-top nor under-fed. The bad guys are neither psychotic nor one-dimensional while the good guys (and gal), well, they're not angels and this, again, is pitch-perfect and so refreshing compared to the usual Hollywood polarization.. and kudos on the editing, the dialogue, the pace - everything really.

One questionable casting choice however is Mischa Barton. I can't seem to come up with a better alternative and she is OK but nothing more -as opposed to the rest of the cast. She seems to have some kind of acting-facial-paralysis, very noticeable in her last scene, and for her sake, I hope she learns to transcend this botox-haze she shares with Kirsten Dunst among others. But this is truly a minor (possible) blemish in an otherwise awesome little movie where the whodunnit is somewhat gratuitous but then, you wouldn't want it any other way.

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