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The Perfect Score (2004)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  30 January 2004 (USA)
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Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

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Six teenagers from diverse backgrounds - among them the school's star basketball player - conspire to break into a SAT testing center to steal the answers in hope of acing their exam. They ultimately realize that the answer to their problems and the key to their happiness may not lie in achieving a perfect score. Written by maria

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test | high school | exam | teenager | parent | See more »

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The S.A.T is hard to take. It's even harder to steal.

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Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »

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30 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,873,819 (USA) (30 January 2004)

Gross:

$10,387,706 (USA) (26 March 2004)
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It is impossible to actually steal a copy of the SAT's because there are several versions. Everyone who takes it has different questions or the questions are in a different order. See more »

Goofs

ETS regulations require that math problems' answer options must go in numerical order. When the six are looking at the test on the computer, the second question goes A: 5 B: 3 C: 9 D:8 E:6. Obviously, these are not in numerical order. See more »

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Desmond's Mother: You're a smart boy, Roy. So why are you doing a stupid thing like drugs? Hmm?
Roy: Err... something to do.
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References Dawson's Creek (1998) See more »

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Written and Performed by Brian Eno
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So far, absolutely delightful!
7 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of COURSE this is not Gone With the Wind or The Godfather or Apocalypse Now, it's a teen flick and I find it absolutely hilarious, and vastly underrated by some very snobbish commentary I've read.

First, please understand that this reviewer is several things: A BIG movie buff capable of separating movies into genres and mental compartments rather than comparing apples to oranges in boneheaded fashion, I am not finished watching the DVD yet (it's on pause, but...I do that: watch and simultaneously check out IMDb, part of the fun), I'm utterly enamored of the freshness of this film. So far. But I've already had more laughs than I've had a long time (watching a slew of flicks where great actors were hired to do dreck with no apparent motivation).

I'm also a high school dropout, a college dropout (which means I've taken various tests of achievement and intelligence, the GED, the SATs and various other limiting, mind control efforts); fortunately I am now several decades old, and well beyond the reach of the academia nuts who currently crank our future fellow citizens out like Twinkies; i.e., old enough to have seen their results.

Hence, I get the premise, and I love these characters. I find this film vastly more entertaining than any Ocean's XX movie made after the Rat Pack got it right the first time. This is more fun than Hackers (and since I also spent years at IBM, yes, I loved that one, too; but I'm giving this a ten for the acting, the story, and the fresh handling of the genre).

If it disappoints in the end, I may come back and rate it again, but for now I'm laughing my ass off. Great commentary on our educational "bubble" system, great fun with each of the characters. (Especially Roy, I eagerly await his next scene. Though all these kids are good, and the dialog is exceptional.)

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Okay, this previous post hasn't been posted yet, so now I can conclude: great stuff. I repeat, for the genre. Some of the best out there. And we'll see some of these kids later. But really, a great movie. Not necessarily a keeper, a watch again, for sure. Still a 10 for it's intended scope, and I'm still a critical bastard. Loved it.


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