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Movie Preview: The Assassination of a High School President


Not long ago I watched Rocket Science for a second time and was struck all over again by how superbly Reece Thompson (pictured, right) captures the whole Awkward Teen thing. In Assassination of a High School President, he's at it again — though this time his character is ever so slightly cooler and more self-assured than Rocket Science's Hal. In Assassination he plays a sophomore high school student who finds himself teaming up with an unlikely friend, popular girl Francesca Fachini (Mischa Barton), to solve a case of stolen SAT exams. Then, "once the duo target their suspects, a larger conspiracy is unearthed." Bruce Willis plays the school's tough-guy principal.

The movie was well-received at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was directed by relative newcomer Brett Simon. No release info is available just yet, but even if it goes straight to DVD I'm going to check out this weird little high school movie. To see a trailer,

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Nitachequita Nitachequita 6 years
I'm sorry, this is supposed to be FUNNY?
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
At 23 Mischa can get away with playing a high schooler, but really, she was the breakout star of the O.C, she should move on to adult roles.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 6 years
Looks kind of cute. But, meh...
lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
haha, first of all, the part where he runs over the dog (I know; sad; but his reaction) is hilarious! I don't know' I like the concept; it's definitely different and fresh, but it looks poorly written and the acting (even Bruce) looks really bad. I like the main guy, but he't not great. and why does Mischa keep getting work?! seriously, not be mean, but who did she sleep with? all in all, I might rent it, but I have low expectations...
amrita amrita 6 years
it seems like the light, comedy version of "brick"
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