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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Peter Sciretta at /film is on a crusade to stop the burying of a truly great little piece of indie cinema called ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT, which unfortunately seems to be collateral damage from the now bankrupt Yari Film Group. Yari put out a bunch of boring shit and some okay flicks, but it's ironic that they go under right when they actually have something that could have been a big success for them. I saw ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT way back in January '08 (click here to read my review) at Sundance where it became one of the more talked about flicks of the fest. I said it was "like mixing THE MALTESE FALCON and ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN and setting it within the world of a Catholic School filled with crazy people" in the best possible way. You have the young star of ROCKET SCIENCE playing a young journalism student obsessed with Woodward and Bernstein trying to uncover a plot in his high school regarding a set of stolen SATs. You also have a very foxy Mischa Barton as the femme fatale of the school and Bruce Willis in a small role as an on-the-edge Gulf War Vet principal. While it felt a tad like it was trying to capture a BRICK vibe, the flick does find its own voice and turned into a fantastic little black comedy.

/Film says the film is now destined to be direct to video and is trying to stop that. I proudly support the film and /Film's fight to keep it from DTV hell. The flick deserves better than that and there's a chance we might see a studio like Fox Searchlight pick it up. Personally, I'd recommend the flick to Summit. Use some of your Twilight money and invest in theatrical. I know you guys have good taste, you've got the quirky awesome BROTHERS BLOOM coming up next month. With even decent advertising I think this could, at the worst, be a modest success and at its best capture a little of that LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE or JUNO magic and be a big hit. But all money shit aside, it's just a good movie that deserves to be seen with an audience.

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  • March 13, 2009, 1:13 a.m. CST

    Release this movie!

    by palimpsest

    Happy to help, Quint!

  • March 13, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    All you had to say was...

    by ShogunMaster

    Mischa Barton. Adding the Catholic schoolgirl thing is just a bonus... <p> First bitches...

  • March 13, 2009, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Got bitched...

    by ShogunMaster

  • March 13, 2009, 1:22 a.m. CST

    I will boycott 20th Century Fox...

    by Lashlarue

    until this movie is released. <p> Does that help?

  • March 13, 2009, 1:24 a.m. CST

    rocket science...

    by Juror Number 8

    is one of the most underrated films of the decade. without a doubt one of my favorite movies of all time and it's a real shame that it wasn't seen by the masses. if you were a geeky outcast in high school (and i think it's safe to assume that a large majority of aicn talkbackers were) then this movie will speak directly to you. i know it's been on hbo and cinemax recently, so anyone who hasn't seen it should seek it out. this is definitely shitty news though, i've been looking forward to it since reading all of the reviews that came out of sundance last year. what the fuck is wrong with the film industry when movies like this and rocket science are marginalized and under-publicized by the studios?

  • March 13, 2009, 1:44 a.m. CST

    This Years Little Miss

    by Melvin_Pelvis

    Broke Buttzekz Mountain

  • March 13, 2009, 3:04 a.m. CST

    i'd go see this

    by beetlegeuse

    if it was in theaters... guess i'm just gonna have to download it

  • March 13, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    PLEASE, no Shit Girl tomorrow!

    by NeilF

    You did us a favour by not posting her crap last week... Let's make it a habit!

  • March 13, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST


    by Toonol

    Ignore the idiots who post about scriptgirl in unrelated columns. We'd be better off if they leave.<p> Ignore the idiots who post about scriptgirl in related columns, too, now that I think about it.

  • March 13, 2009, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by 1978CreepyThinMan

    It's not like she reads the scripts and gives them a critique. She just sticks her tits in a push up bra and puts on a pair of fake glasses to look smart in the hopes that some "studio insider" (HA) will spot her and give her a job hosting some entertainment show. She's a phony and I'm tired of you fucksticks posting her bullshit every fucking week but you can't get any fucking news on this goddamm site.

  • March 13, 2009, 5:06 a.m. CST

    Will Harry...

    by oaser

    write a letter begging us to support Script Girl? Bah! Anyway, this movie should see more than just a DVD release -- to echo Hayter's thoughts, if movies that take risks aren't successful, studios will stop making them. And then we get more Paul Blart and Stealth.

  • March 13, 2009, 6:23 a.m. CST

    NeilF, and people like him

    by C0ns

    Maybe just not click on the script girl topics? Why not just let it not bother you and move on?

  • March 13, 2009, 7:26 a.m. CST

    NeilF, 1978CreepyThinMan

    by Sebilrazen

    SG hasn't posted a video in 2 weeks, hence the lack of Harry love for her.

  • March 13, 2009, 7:34 a.m. CST

    where's that Mischa Barton TATU movie at?

    by Spandau Belly

    It was called 'Finding Tatu', then renamed 'You and I' but never released as far as I know. I watched the trailer on YouTube like a hundred times, it looked hilarious.

  • March 13, 2009, 8:28 a.m. CST

    What? Where are my pants?


  • March 13, 2009, 9:49 a.m. CST

    That kid jerking off....

    by StovetopStuffin'

    was the kid who shot up the school in The Life Before Her Eyes. drastic change in roles there.

  • March 13, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    1978CreepyThinMan and NeilF

    by StovetopStuffin'

    wow,so, you guys actually click on her and watch her stuff every week and then complain about her? You know, it's in the headline, so you can just skip it if you don't like it. Me, I'm not complaining. I don't care what she's saying really, but I like the tits!

  • March 13, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    I was wondering what happened to this movie

    by Xiphos_2

    I was looking forward to seeing it then POOF it was gone. Thanks for the update Quint.

  • March 13, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    It was like a rip-off of Brick with dumbed-down dialogue...

    by SkinJob69

    Not a bad film, but that's what I was thinking the whole time when I saw it.<p> And Bruce Willis' character (basically a satire of war hawks during Bush's term) will look a bit dated now (plus, the part where he is singing some weird I Love the USA song at a pep rally was just silly).<p> Again, not a bad movie. But if you really want to see the Maltese Falcon in the high school setting, Brick is your movie.

  • March 13, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    BRICK was terrible.

    by fiester

    Pretentious and no fun at all. Just a dumb little failed experiment.

  • March 13, 2009, 12:49 p.m. CST

    I Concur

    by booth77

    Brick was pretty awful. This movie (which I saw at sundance like 2 years ago) was definitely more fun than Brick. Josh Pais as the spanish teacher was HYSTERICAL. And Mischa, while not the best actress in the world, was hotter than normal.

  • March 13, 2009, 1:59 p.m. CST

    Fox Searchlight.

    by Being_Talkbackovich

    It's interesting what's happened to the indie studios in 2008. You mention Fox Searchlight, but they've been shuttered. Sure, they still exist as a "brand" but they've been abosrbed back into Fox and no longer operate independently. It's become impossiple for indie filmmakers to sell anything. Expect a lot more of this kind of stuff to happen. I'm surprised Yari has lasted as long as it has.

  • March 13, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Kudos for putting your weight behind this, Quint

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Its nice to see people fighting for small films. Sometimes good films never get seen because no one will fight for them. <p>I'll be sure to catch this if/when I can.

  • March 13, 2009, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Theaters need good films

    by chrija03

    This movie looks like it's gonna be one of the best to come out in a while. And although I'll see it either way, to miss it in theaters would suck. Just because the economy is lacking doesn't mean movie theaters should have to as well. RELEASE ASSASINATION!!!