Is That Gum in Your Mouth?
It’s been a year and a half now since I saw Assassinatin of a High School President at Sundance in 2008. Pretty decent little film starring Mischa Barton and Bruce Willis — it’s sort of a glossier, comedic version of Brick, though nowhere near as good, obviously, although Bruce Willis — as a profanity-fueled asshole principal — steals his few scenes. It came out of the festival with quite a bit of buzz, and I remember it being scheduled for release sometime last summer. Unfortunately, the movie studio (Yari) with rights to it went into bankruptcy, and the movie has been stuck on the shelf since. It may be stuck on the shelf for quite a while; in fact, it may eventually go straight-to-DVD, which is a goddamn shame, because this — along with Rocket Science — was supposed to launch Reece Thompson’s career. And the kid deserves it. He’s outstanding.
Despite the lack of a release date and despite the fact it’s still in limbo, there is a trailer, courtesy of Slashfilm. It’s not of amazing quality, but I’ll take any opportunity to expose Reece Thompson to our readers (and if you haven’t yet, see Rocket Science). I should also note that the trailer is a terrible representation of the film. It’s far more funny that the trailer suggests: