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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.

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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?

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,564
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Reunites Bruce Willis with Mischa Barton after The Sixth Sense (1999), although they share a few moments together. See more »

Goofs

Right after the first basketball game, Byron buys a Pepsi in a bottle out of the machine in the school hallway. He pops the bottle cap off using the opener on the machine, but when he brings the bottle up to drink, the level in the bottle is already down several inches, indicating this was a re-take of the shot. See more »

Quotes

[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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References Inspector Gadget (1983) See more »

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Gotta Give It To 'Em
Written and Performed by Lexicon
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The name's Bobby Funke...I write for the paper
5 October 2009 | by kal07See all my reviews

"The name's Bobby Funke...I write for the paper" as soon as this dialogue came up in the opening few minutes, I thought hmm...maybe this film would be interesting. As it turned out, after about 90 minutes from that time, I think it was an interesting film but not entirely. As ambiguous as this sounds, the film almost entirely was carried off by the good performance from its lead Reece Thompson. He was just about perfect for the role of Funke.

The pace of the film is very nice and the story{mystery} unveils nicely. Though predictable at times, the screenplay never gave up all its cards before the climax. The music was well suited and the side characters did their job well except for a few.

Now the biggest culprit is Mischa Barton. For some reason she was never convincing enough and always appeared very phony. Least to say she didn't immerse herself into the character. Though we all know she is not famous for her acting skills, she didn't put her 100% behind the role. For all her fans there is some good news...she shows off her boobs in this film.

Now, this film is no Oscar winner or a GEM or one of the best ever and I'm positive the film-maker never intended it to be BUT its quite enjoyable if you can look beyond Mischa Barton and to a small extent the predictability of the plot. I must add, it has quite a few funny moments. The dialogue is good at some instants and horrible at others.


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