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Starring: Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Reece Daniel Thompson
Writers: Tim Calpin/Kevin Jakubowski
Director: Brett Simon
Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

The Plot

Source: The Internet Movie Database

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.

The Review

I enjoyed Assassination of a High School President, even though it had two things going against it: I really love Brick, and Mischa Barton was allowed to act in it. The thing is, to me, this film felt like a more comical and less interesting version of Brick, and even though the plots are very different in tone and idea, I couldn't help but compare the two in my head as I watched. To the second point...if you have ever seen Mischa Barton act in anything, you understand why I said that and don't need to explain myself. If you haven't, I refuse to because that would involve evoking some painful memories of films I have seen this year (3 involving her...how the hell did that happen?).

ANYWAY, besides these faults, the movie is enjoyable enough. The main character Bobby Funke (Thompson) is your typical loser who is trying to get into a journalism summer school and writes an article that defames the Student Body president (and resident cool guy) Paul Moore (Patrick Taylor) as the man who stole the SATs. From here, a bigger conspiracy is uncovered and yadda yadda noir movie.

The film is narrated by Funke as he journeys from writing this article to eventually solving the bigger mystery. The mystery itself is actually pretty decent, with seedy high schoolers playing a part and a cameo by Michael Rappaport for no reason whatsoever. The cast (save for Barton) do a really good job. As far as villains go, Ricky Delacruz (played by Robert Pattinson lookalike Vincent Piazza) is actually pretty badass, and I was rooting for him as opposed to against him. The main character of Bobby Funke is your typical bumbling high school loser, and while Thompson does a good job, you've seen the character hundreds of times before played way better.

The best part of the whole film is Bruce Willis, who plays the war veteran Principal Kirkpatrick. All the best moments belong to him, as well as the best line in the whole film: "I don't go to the strip club where you work and slap the dick out your mouth." That is something I will be quoting for a looooong time to come. Willis usually just goes through the motions, but here he actually gave it some effort and completely outshined the rest of the film.

Don't get me wrong, it's good and everything, but it's not memorable or worth watching a second time. Your best bet is to youtube the Bruce Willis parts and enjoy that, because as far as the rest of the film goes...it's not really worth the time.

Final Verdict:
B-

Andrew
12/10/2009 07:37:48 am

I thought that the movie Charlie Bartlett had a similar feel to this film. The plots are not similar, so I really don't know what would make them comparable. They both take place in the high school setting?

I don't know where I was going with that. However; I would like to recommend the Netflixing of Charlie Bartlett if you let it sneak under your radar.

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3/13/2011 12:54:57 pm

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Do you agree?

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3/22/2011 07:26:28 pm

There is no rose without a thorn.

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