Assassination of a High School President 2008 R CC

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When a stack of SATs is stolen from the principal's office, a rookie's high school newspaper cover story fingers popular class president as the prime suspect.

Starring:
Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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Assassination of a High School President

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Product Details

Genres Mystery, Comedy
Director Brett Simon
Starring Mischa Barton, Reece Thompson
Supporting actors Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris, Melonie Diaz, Josh Pais, Luke Grimes, Patrick Taylor, Aaron Himelstein, Joseph Perrino, John Magaro, Robin Taylor, Vincent Piazza, Zoë Kravitz, Zachary Booth, Adam Pally, Tanya Fischer, Josh Caras, Zach Roerig
Studio Freestyle Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this film for watching something different.
Margaux Paschke
The only thing that kept me moderately interested in this film was the story... even though you can guess "who did it" about 20 minutes into the movie.
The Walking Exonym
The story lines they removed actually make it a better film with more interesting twists, but it was still nice to see what they had filmed originally.
Steve Kuehl

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By P. Alan Highley on October 9, 2009
Format: DVD
Although a critical smash at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, this film did not enjoy a conventional theatrical release due the its distributor, The Yari Film Group, filing for bankruptcy. Given all the CGI as a replacement for a decent screenplay garbage that Hollywood does manage to shove into theaters, one almost feels the pang of some cosmic injustice on behalf of film's creative team and performers. Fortunately, Assassination of a High School President has garnered enough of a following to prevent it from slipping through the cracks.

What impressed me most was the screenplay! And what impressed me most about the screenplay were the character arcs of the leading actor and actress, Reece Daniel Thompson and Mischa Barton. The former writes for the school newspaper, doesn't fit into any of the many social cliques surrounding him, and whose greatest strength, an unyeilding sense of ambition, becomes his greatest weakness. In addition to her beauty, the latter is also brilliant, poised, and precise. She knows well the stature she holds and what that stature can avail her, but she doesn't seem all that interested in exploiting it.

In order to distinguish himself from the other members of the school paper Bobby Funke must become more than a run of the mill reporter, he must become an investigative journalist. At first, just to distinguish himself for a shot at a summer journalism scholarship, but, later, to clear the name of someone he has personally indicted with his writing. While the late John Hughes made youth-focused films that connected with a young audience in very specific ways, this film is a satire in every moment of its existence.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on October 4, 2009
Format: DVD
It was a unique experience watching this film unfold, and before I gave it a second viewing with the commentary (in which they stated numerous times how they wanted this film to be like no other high school film prior) I was already feeling like I had just watched a very different kind of teen film. But really good.

The theme was best described on the cover art with "Rushmore meets Usual Suspects". The story follows these twenty-somethings playing teens as they traverse their existence at a private high school. Bruce Willis plays excellently his over-the-top self as the militaristic principal. Mischa Barton fills the role as the hot girl on campus, but she did much better overall in Closing the Ring than here. Regardless of the props and older looking feel, this actually takes place in present day, but kudos to the crew in making a teen film exist without modern appliances (cells, new computers, etc.). Some outstanding supporting performances from Michael Rapaport and Josh Pais compliment some solid writing and storytelling. But mostly, this will help bring Reece Thompson's name to the spotlight as he gave a very believable performance carrying the central character (nerd turns popular turns scapegoat turns becoming a man).

The supplements are somewhat thorough and center on scenes, but no documentaries. Includes:
* 5:40 minutes of alternate opening scenes. For what the end result was, I am glad they cut these as they both revealed too much information about what would become the plot twists later.
* 20:35 minutes of extended and alternate scenes.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By British viewer on October 6, 2009
Format: DVD
What starts off as a high school romp soon turns into a clever and funny detective story. The caveat is that most of these kids' diction is appalling: to catch all the verbal jokes, best play it with the subtititles turned on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Movie Lover on November 9, 2009
Format: DVD
The only similarity between this movie and other mindless fluff that passes for teen movies is that this is set in a high school; after that, all bets are off. This is actually teen noir, much like Brick, but this movie takes its inspiration from Chinatown. I'm not going to give anything away, but I like the lead actor; he nails the part, and Bruce Willis steals every scene he's in with his quiet intensity. I'll admit I wasn't sure about this, so I rented it first, but now I'm going to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on April 26, 2010
Format: DVD
This is one of the best teen movies I have seen in a while. It reminds me of Brick but a much better version. The lead character, Funke, is wildly original and rings true. Other characters are more stereotypical but still interesting and even funny.

Basically, this is a story about trying to climb the high school social ladder. An average guy (Funke) tries to leave his mark as he shoots for the prestigious Northwestern summer internship for journalism. When his theory about who stole the SAT tests gets published in his private school's newspaper, all heck breaks loose. Funke wins the bid for the internship as long as the fact checker from Northwestern gives the green light. The fact checker's introduction pushes the movie into high gear as Funke needs to get to the real truth of his story or risk his bright and shiny future.

We find Bruce Willis as an over-the-top Principal who loves to relive his military days and he's funny yet creepy and might offend some. The love interest is Mischa Barton and we all know how this is going to end, even Funke although he desperately tries to avoid it. Although most of the characters are classic high school stereotypes, it works for this film as we can all identify with Funke's plight. This movie touched on all the different social classes you will find at school: the kids who are popular, the kids who hang around popular kids and those who are not even part of the social scene. I really liked that the actor playing Funke looked real (his hair was sticking out sometimes, his skin was spotty, etc.) and not Hollywood perfect.

I highly recommend this film for watching something different. It was amusing. This movie did not unravel at the end like so many others I have watched recently and made a good point about high school.
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