Reece Thompson and Mischa Barton in Assassination of a High School President

This past week saw the release of American Teen, one of my personal favorite films from this year’s Sundance Film Festival. That now takes care of theatrical runs for 2 of my top 3 films from the fest, with The Wackness being the other one. That left the high school detective story Assassination of a High School President left as the only one of my favorites not to have an official release date.

But as luck would have it, we received word today from the Yari Film Group that Assassination will hit theaters on November 14, 2008. The release will be limited in North America, and no official plans to roll it out wide have been announced, but either way it is great to see this film get a theatrical run.

For more, check out my Sundance Review and the official synopsis below:

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 (Reece Thompson) is on it like pink rubber bands on your little sister’s braces. When senior hottie Francesca Facchini (Mischa Barton) solicits Funke’s help tracking down a set of stolen SATs, Funke uncovers a story dirtier than the lunch lady’s moustache. 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 (Bruce Willis) 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.

Also, check out a photo gallery from the film below:


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