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Assassination of a High School President
A teenage take on Roman Polanski's post-noir classic Chinatown, The Sophomore stars Reece Daniel Thompson, Mischa Barton, and Bruce Willis in the tale of a Catholic high-school newspaper reporter who stumbles upon a disturbing conspiracy. Prompted by the most popular girl in school to investigate the theft of the SAT exams, an ambitious young fact-finder discovers that the school's president -- a disillusioned Gulf War veteran -- and the top jock are responsible for the crime. As if this information wasn't unsettling enough, it appears that both have been operation under the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The noir pastiche is sitcom-ish, the characters vestigial, and the satire of high school so compromised I wondered if cowriters Tim Calpin and Kevin Jakubowski weren't home-schooled"
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Superbad meets grossout noir, boasting tangy teen dirty talk so thick, you could cut it with a well sharpened pencil. Which by the way, somebody does more than once."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"The flick plays like "Rushmore" meets "The Usual Suspects," alongside shout-outs to everything from "Sixteen Candles" to "Chinatown" to "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.""
‑ Larry Carroll, MTV
"Brett Simon's clever high school noir debut is more Heathers than John Hughes"
‑ Edward Douglas,
"Doesn't find enough novel insights to make for essential viewing."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"The entire film wants to be a carbon copy of Rushmore, with the addition of dark slickness and the omission of general quality."
‑ Jason McKiernan,
"Depending on your personal taste, the following statement may make or break Assassination for you: the movie is cute."
‑ Jamie Tipps, Film Threat
"Basically Brick for remedial viewers."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Brett Simon's Assassination of a High School President is a small and pleasant surprise."
‑ Patrick Z. McGavin, Screen International
"Assassination has a meandering plot line that dithers when it should drive forward, and lingers at times it should leap ahead."
‑ James Rocchi, Cinematical
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