Bruce Willis as a wacky high school Principal and Mischa Barton as a too-old looking high school girl. Yup, it’s another wacky comedy about teenagers who are way too smart to be actual teenagers, while the adults are dumber than bricks. It’s supposed to be a black comedy, I believe. Or a comedy noir. Well, one of those things. Directed by Brett Simon, “Assassination of a High School President” is going direct-to-DVD later this year after sitting on the shelves for a while.
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. When Francesca takes Funke to homecoming, even the in-school suspension delinquents turn nice and offer guidance on how to keep his boner in check during slow dances.
But high school’s not always what it seems. As Funke’s popularity grows so do his suspicions. Did the president really steal the SATs? Or is Funke just a pawn in a conspiracy as complicated as adolescence itself? Determined to find the truth, Funke digs deeper and unearths the sordid underbelly of St. Donovan’s. Student council members, college bookies, public school brats, everyone seems to play a part. Armed only with a learner’s permit and the spirit of Woodward and Bernstein, Funke must crack the case before it cracks him.
Starring Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Reece Thompson, and Luke Grimes. Directed by Brett Simon.