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Assassination of a High School President

Not for nothing has this been on the shelf since 2008. Novice director Brett Simon revisits the notion of high school noir that worked so brilliantly in Rian Johnson’s Brick (2005) but switches genres from drama to comedy. Reece Thompson (Rocket Science) is a bullied nerd who’s investigating SAT-related malfeasance for the student paper; Bruce Willis plays a zany hard-ass principal who fought in Desert Storm. 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. With Mischa Barton (The O.C.). R, 93 min.

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