A movie review of “Barely Lethal”: Hailee Steinfeld stars as a teen assassin who wants to go to high school. Rating: 2 stars out of 4.

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“Barely Lethal” is a fairly amusing rough draft for a high-concept high-school comedy.

It’s “Agent Cody Banks” meets “Sixteen Candles” — with quotably snarky one-liners, hormonal kids and a socially inept teen the mean girls don’t want to cross. Because she knows 66 ways to kill you.

Hailee Steinfeld is #83, who has been trained as an assassin, pretty much since birth. But she longs to see “this whole other world I’m missing” and go to high school. Or at least the version of high school she’s seen on “90210,” “Mean Girls” and the films of John Hughes.

Movie Review ★★  

‘Barely Lethal,’ with Hailee Steinfeld, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Sebastian. Directed by Kyle Newman, from a screenplay by John D’Arco. 98 minutes. Rated PG-13 for sexual material, teen drinking, language, drug references, some action violence. Woodinville 12.

That’s why she fakes her death so her boss (Samuel L. Jackson, of course) won’t come looking for her. That’s why she passes herself off as an exchange student.

Megan, as #83 now calls herself, may be able to defend herself from a school prank, but that doesn’t keep her from falling for the pretty and shallow boy (Toby Sebastian) with a band, known as “The Wrong Guy” in “Pretty in Pink” and its ilk.

Director Kyle Newman is entirely too tentative with a potentially terrific script. The film feels like a series of pulled punches, slow-footed and sluggish.