Release Date: January 17, 2008
Director: Brett Simon
An aspiring high school newspaper writer seeks to uncover a mystery surrounding stolen SAT exams in this film noir inspired teen comedy.
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 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.
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.« « Film Junk | The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story » »