I’ve never seen The Assassination of a High School President, and I’ve not even heard much about the movie. But what I have heard has been so undeniably positive on so many different fronts, that it’s very hard to ignore a movement such as this.
Per the request of our good friends at /Film, we’re joining the masses in trying to bring this movie to your attention and get a studio to step up and give the movie the theatrical run it deserves. After the Yari Film Group — the studio who produced the film — had to file for bankruptcy, the movie was sucked into one of those cinematic vortexes where movies are never seen again. Because of this, the option at hand seems to be to go direct-to-DVD, and that’s not acceptable.
The movie’s home video distribution rights are owned by Sony, but this is the time to show potential independent studios such as Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics that this is a movie that needs to see the big screen. In order to do this, you can join the movie’s Facebook page, maybe go all out and dig for some e-mail addresses to various studios and make it be known!
Click over for quotes from many other sites on how good this movie is, as well as some videos from it.
Ken Evans called it â€œa film that I fell in love with within the first 15 minutesâ€ and â€œI would have walked right back into the theater to see again if I could have.â€
Mel Valentin called it â€œwholly satisfying, enthralling high school-noir every bit the equal of Brick.â€
MTV said â€œthe film is stuffed with so many rapid-fire laughs that youâ€™ll need to watch it multiple times â€” especially so you can memorize all the super-quotable lines.â€
Film School Rejects said it one of those films that makes you â€œwant to run to the top of a mountain and shout its praisesâ€, calling it â€œsmart, sexy and rich with supporting characters that are at some points as interesting as those who get the spotlight.â€
ComingSoon called it â€œa funnier and more biting look at high school than any weâ€™ve seen in some timeâ€.
UGO calls it â€œnothing short of brilliant, a hilarious noir-comedy mixture in which each character is more colorful than the last.â€
FirstShowing says â€œThe comedy never stops, the story is full of twists that keep you on the edge of your seat, and overall this is one of the best balances of mystery and comedy that Iâ€™ve seen in agesâ€ and calls it â€œa great movie that deserves endless appreciation.â€
Aint It Cool News says â€œitâ€™s witty characters and style make it the kind of film youâ€™d want to visit a few times over just to hang out with it a little more.â€
And here’s what Peter of /Film said about the film in his review after he saw it at Sundance in January:
“Assassination is not a copy of Brick, in fact, it was written before Brick. Imagine if John Hughes had made Chinatown set in a High School. So where Brick was a hardcore film noir story set in the world of high school students, Assassination is a high school movie with a noir mystery storyline.â€
I don’t know about you cats, but these make me pretty intent on checking this one out