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Sundance 2008: “Assassination of a High School President.”

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"Forget it, Funke, it's high school."
"Assassination of a High School President"
is a lot like "Brick," just less dark and less good. We’d liked "Brick" an awful lot, so seeing something that dances to the same beat is both fun — Brett Simon’s feature directorial debut is funny and light on its feet — and a reminder that another film took the novelty set-up of noir teenagers and made it into something more than a clever teen movie.

Reece Thompson plays Bobby Funke, the aspiring journalist whose expose in the school newspaper claiming the student body president stole SAT tests triggers what the school’s principal (Bruce Willis, gnawing on scenery) refers to as a "regime change." Thompson, the adorably wide-eyed lead in "Rocket Science," is equally likable here — we’d happily sub him in for Shia LaBeouf in any role. Mischa Barton, as the film’s femme fatale, is also wide-eyed, in that her acting seems to involve displaying the whites all the way around her pupils. Funke figures out that his article placed blame on an innocent party, and delves into a conspiracy involving drug dealing and academic fraud, as well as his first brushes with sex and the parties of the popular crowd. The hardboiled dialogue is played for laughs, with Funke’s voiceover consisting of lines like "She was a tough cookie, and all I wanted was a taste." It’s a gleeful cartoon and not much more.

+ "Assassination of a High School President" (Sundance)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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