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The Perfect Score (2004)

PG-13 | | 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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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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$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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Mike Jarvis plays himself as the head basketball coach at St. Johns University. By the time the movie was released he had been fired as the university's head. See more »

Goofs

In the ETS building, just after they discover they can't print the exam document without three more passwords, there is a face visible through the glass at the lower right of the screen as Francesca is saying "Yeah, we just need the answers." See more »

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Matty: This is never gonna work.
Kyle: It'll be okay.
Matty: [scoffs] Yeah, we're going to be great. I mean, all-state's phone is ringing off the hook here, and...
[looks behind him at Roy]
Matty: Roy's trying to smoke Larry's comforter.
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References The Breakfast Club (1985) See more »

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Force Marker
Written and Performed by Brian Eno
Courtesy of Opal Music, London
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Mild, entertaining distraction
11 September 2004 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

There's lots of clichés and stereotypes to endure when watching a high school movie. For the most of it, The Perfect Score manages to avoid most of these clichés though the characters are a bit stereotypical. There's the brainy kid, the rebel, the stoner, the loser, the jock and the good guy. Hardly a breathtaking assortment of originals eh?

But their plan to steal the SAT scores and their interaction together are what make this movie worthwhile. The unimaginative marketing for this movie claims it to be Ocean's 11 meets The Breakfast Club. But the actors are carrying the movie, doing the best they can with weak material, rather than the 'wild' premise.

I especially liked Roy, the stoner and narrator as he got the most back story and had more a character arc than the rest of them. And it was pleasant to have the lovely, oh-so-cute Erika Christensen though I'm not too fussed about Scarlett Johansen (she looks like a teenage version of my mother!). A non-Shaggy, but still manic, Matthew Lillard has a small role as a concerned big brother.

You'll not remember it 5 minutes after the credits role but for a non-threatening, easy-going movie The Perfect Score fits nicely. You could do a helluva lot worse. And what else do you expect from an MTV movie?

The DVD is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with lackluster Dolby 5.1, though to be fair it mostly a dialogue-driven movie. There are a bunch of fluff features for those who care.


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