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Assassination of a High School President (2008)

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At a Catholic high school, a sophomore newspaper reporter investigates a case of stolen SAT exams. He thinks he's nailed the suspect and managed to get the popular girl when he realises a larger conspiracy is afoot.

Director:

Brett Simon
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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?

Genres:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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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Raga Ahir-Bharau
Written and Performed by Baluji Shrivastav
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A Mixed Bag
7 April 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT is a big step above most of the teen movies that focus on potty mouth dialogue and absurd situations just to get laughs. Writers Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski have come up with a script that is sometimes smart but ultimately full of holes in deciding where it wants to take the original premise of this high school movie. Director Brett Simon seems to sort of let the movie flow as it develops, preventing a tight telling of a story with potential.

Bobby Funke (Reece Thompson, a promising new talent) is a nerdy newspaper reporter who is never able to finish a story. Student Body President/basketball star/ladies' man Paul Moore (Patrick Taylor) seems to have everything Bobby wants, including the attention of the school's most beautiful girl Francesca (Mischa Barton). As fortune would have it a crime happens - the SATs are stolen from the office of Principal Kirkpatrick (Bruce Willis playing Bruce Willis) and Booby is on the investigation and story, a story that points to Paul as the perpetrator. Bobby's nerdiness is transformed by his attention and by the affections of Francesca, and soon the school collapses under the cloud of the crime. It is how the 'crime' is inspected and resolved that ends the film. For Bobby Funke it is a matter of 'What price glory'.

The cast is fresh and it is a pleasure to see some new faces with promise. Whether it is the director's or the sound mixer's fault, much of the dialogue is swallowed by the soundtrack, a problem thankfully solved by turning on the subtitles. This is a movie with promise from all involved and it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on teen flick quality.

Grady Harp


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Official site [Japan]

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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)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,564
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2.35 : 1
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