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Assassination of a High School President

Assassination of High School President Movie Review
Posted on March 1, 2016 by James Shults

Release Date: January 17, 2008

Director: Brett Simon

Overall Rating: Good

An aspiring high school newspaper writer seeks to uncover a mystery surrounding stolen SAT exams in this film noir inspired teen comedy.

The Good

Bruce Willis is present and engaged in his role as a no-nonsense, wildly inappropriate high school principal. He’s not the only one who performs well in Assassination of a High School President but his performance here stands out more so because of his other, more recent and uninspired performances in other movies.

The Bad

The poster and title are doing everything they can to keep you away from this movie. This is much better than its marketing and presentation would have you believe.

The Ugly

Maybe this movie is too much like Brick. It’s less committed to its tone than Brick but certainly more accessible. The movie rides it’s hard boiled detective angle with just the right sense of parody. Where it misfires is the occasional bad joke but there are plenty of jokes that work well, ending on perhaps the most perfect line it could end on. A great punctuation to a perfectly fun movie.

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