- Cast: Reece Thompson, Mischa Barton, Bruce Willis, Michael Rappaport, Kathryn Morris, Melonie Diaz, Rumer Willis, Josh Pais, Tanya Fischer, Luke Grimes, Josh Barclay Caras, Gabrielle Brennan, Emily Brownell, Aaron Himelstein, Marc John Jefferies, Emily Meade, Adam Pally, Joseph Perrino, Vincent Piazza, Maria Elena Ramirez, Zach Roerig, Patrick Taylor, Robin Taylor, Michael Zegen
- Director: Brett Simon
- Writers: Tim Calpin, Kevin Jakubowski
- Producers: Doug Davison, Roy Lee, Bob Yari
- Co Producers: Elsie Choi, Gabriel Mason, Eric Umali, Irene Yeung
- Executive Producers: David Glasser, Bradley Jenkel
- Art Direction: Anu Schwartz
- Castings: Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Crowley
- Costume Design: Amy Westcott
- D.O.P.: M. David Mullen
- Editors: William M. Anderson, Thomas J. Nordberg
- Music: Daniele Luppi
- Production Design: Sharon Lomofsky
- Set Decoration: Robert Covelman
High School. Four of the most important years of your life. But it isn't always dances and keg parties and sucking face in your parents' mini-van. Sometimes it's ugly and hard and complicated. As complicated as a conspiracy to overthrow the president.
There's something rotten at St. Donovan's High and sophomore newspaper reporter Bobby Funke is on it like pink rubber bands on your little sister's braces. When senior hottie Francesca Facchini solicits Funke's help tracking down a set of stolen SATs, Funke uncovers a story dirtier than the lunch lady's mustache.
After he fingers the school president (figuratively) for the crime, Funke becomes one of the most popular kids at St. Donovan's High. No longer known simply as the freshman who was once tied to a giant snowman penis, Funke wins the respect of everyone from the Desert-Storm-hero-turned-educator Principal Kirkpatrick to the kid that farts on him in Spanish class.
When Francesca takes Funke to homecoming, even the in-school suspension delinquents turn nice and offer guidance on how to keep his boner in check during slow dances. But high school's not always what it seems. As Funke's popularity grows so do his suspicions.
Did the president really steal the SATs? Or is Funke just a pawn in a conspiracy as complicated as adolescence itself? Determined to find the truth, Funke digs deeper and unearths the sordid underbelly of St. Donovan's. Student council members, college bookies, public school brats, everyone seems to play a part. Armed only with a learner's permit and the spirit of Woodward and Bernstein, Funke must crack the case before it cracks him.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New Jersey, USA; New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sexual content, some nudity, language, and drug and alcohol use - all involving teens
- Production Budget: $11.5 million
- Production Companies: Vertigo Entertainment, Yari Film Group
The school colors and mascot (black and white; friars) of the fictional St. Donovan's High was inspired from a noted preparatory school in Illinois, Fenwick High School (Oak Park, Illinois). Writer Keven Jakubowski is an alumnus of Fenwick. However, this movie was shot on location at Bayonne High School in Bayonne, New Jersey.
The film was previously known as "The Sophomore"