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Assassination of a High School President (2009)

Reece Thompson , Mischa Barton , Brett Simon  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rapaport, Kathryn Morris
  • Directors: Brett Simon
  • Writers: Kevin Jakubowski, Tim Calpin
  • Producers: Bob Yari, Bradley Jenkel, Brian Bell, David Glasser, Doug Davison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KQD66C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,211 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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How far would you go to hang with the hottest girl on campus? ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT is an acid-tongued high-school comedy with attitude to spare, starring a sexy young cast including Mischa Barton (TV's "The O.C.," The Sixth Sense), Reece Daniel Thompson (Rocket Science), and superstar Bruce Willis. Sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke (Thompson) is assigned to write a cover story on popular class president and top athlete. After a stack of SAT tests is stolen from the office of hard-as-nails Principal Kirkpatrick (Willis), Funke publishes an expose that names Paul as the prime suspect and suddenly, Bobby is BMOC. But when Paul's girlfriend, sexy senior Francesca (Barton), makes a move on Bobby and even his former bullies play nice, Funke begins to doubt the star jock's guilt and everyone else's motives. When his investigation uncovers a campus-wide conspiracy that threatens to take down students and teachers alike, Funke must decide to tell the truth or enjoy hi

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A high school film like no other October 4, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever and funny - BUT! October 6, 2009
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Teen Movie November 9, 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT OTHER TEEN MOVIES ASPIRE TO April 26, 2010
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all is great
Published 2 months ago by Armond Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars worth watching
It was an okay movie but not the best of Bruce Willis movies! Bruce Willis is great , he is a great actor
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Never decides what it wants to be
A hodgepodge of a thing thing that never really decides what tone it wants to set, and the few actors actually putting in some work here can't overcome that weight. Read more
Published 12 months ago by RL
3.0 out of 5 stars An unusual movie
I guess it's me, since it was hard to follow the story plot and what it was all about. Guess I'm getting old.
Published 14 months ago by Ray Sanderford
4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - [...] - @tss5078
Assassination of a High School President is an ambitious independent film that tells a terrific story. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Todd Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars No Complaints
I purchased a new/used DVD and it was just as I expected. The DVD did have several scratches on it, but it still played without a problem.
Published 22 months ago by pgr22046
3.0 out of 5 stars BRUCE WILLIS WAS GOOD
BRUCE WILLIS WAS GOOD...but the story somewhat lacked. Mischa Barton seemed a little old for a high school girl. Willis' character is funny. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by The Movie Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars MY GRADE: B plus to A minus.
This black comedy/film noir reminds me a lot of the movie "Brick" though it has a less serious tone to it. Read more
Published on May 9, 2012 by MISTER SJEM
4.0 out of 5 stars high school can seem like hell.....great dark comedy
I'm not going to tell the plot or summary as most of the reviewers here already did. But I will say - hilarious... Read more
Published on February 20, 2012 by Neal Damiano
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed Movie
Movie was very interesting and kept me interested from start to finish. Acting was superb in my opinion. This is definitely an adult oriented movie hence the rating.
Published on May 4, 2011 by Green_Eyed_Bandit
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