Assassination of a High School President

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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.5/10 (8,423 voted)

Director: Brett Simon

Stars: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis

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...

Writers: Kevin Jakubowski, Tim Calpin

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
Joseph Perrino - Dutch Middleton (as Joe Perrino)
John Magaro - Cipriato
Robin Taylor - Alex Schneider
Vincent Piazza - Ricky Delacruz
Zoë Kravitz - Valerie Torres

Taglines: Politics, popularity, paranoia, pharmaceuticals. Are you in?


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 8 April 2010

Filming Locations: Bayonne High School - Avenue A & 28th Street, Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $11,500,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The deleted scenes show multiple references to John Wilkes Booth, which frames the scene where the rooftop shooter jumps down from the roof and limps away on one leg.

Revealing mistakes: 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.

[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...

User Review

Completely awesome

Rating: 10/10

I saw this film at Sundance at the Salt Lake screening. I have to say I was really surprised by how much I liked it. This is NOT your typical high school movie. It's the antidote to say movies like High School Musical. I'd call it Rushmore meets the Usual Suspects or John Hughes on acid or something. The characters were great, Bruce Willis was excellent and most of all it was absolutely, laugh out loud hilarious. I can't believe this film hasn't come out yet. I'm really looking forward to seeing it again. I get the feeling it could go on to become one of those Lebowski type comedies. There was so much stuff packed in there that it should get better every time you see it.


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