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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Stealing Is Not Wrong, If You Don't Get Caught

6/10
Author: Mr_Sensitive from THAILAND, BANGKOK
12 September 2006

I bet 99% watch this movie because it got Scarlett Johansson in it; after all this is the movie that came just after The Critically acclaimed Lost In Translation. I was one of them.

The story is not something that you haven't seen before but still, the whole outcome of the movie work out just fine. It is like watching a heist movie, but instead of money this time around it is an answer paper to SAT exam, the most importance thing too most senior.

I say the casting is the best part of the movie, not just Scarlett but also every single one of them. In fact I feel that Scarlett didn't do anything much in this movie, so do not have high hope just to see Scarlett alone. Roy character seem to be the most liking of all with his livelihood personality, he does add fun and humor to this movie.

What I like about the movie is the way they show how evil SAT actually is and how most students is desperate with it. The movie move from one point of view to the other of how they all come to joint force to break those rules. Of-course this is no perfect teen movie, but it is good enough for one boring afternoon.

Recommendation: Don't Watch It Just Because Scarlett Is In It, Watch It If You Plan To Steal SAT answer paper in The Near Future.

Rating: 6/10 (Grade: C+)

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

The score is not perfect, but has some right notes.

5/10
Author: shanfloyd from India
19 August 2006

Six students plan a heist operation to steal the answers of their upcoming SAT... the plot is simple and definitely not that original. The characters are quite stereotypical, they speak predicted dialogues and their actions don't prove any innovation of the screenwriters. Still, this movie produced by MTV doesn't appear as boring, irritating or silly. On the other hand it has some occasional funny moments like Francesca as Trinity in her daydream etc.

The cast is actually the main reason I watched this film. Scarlett Johansson looks great and pulls off a nice professional performance. Erika Christensen and Chris Evans are also there but I didn't recognize the other guys. The bottomline is that I didn't really think this movie is bad at all... it's a fine one to watch in a relaxed mood.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not quite the Perfect Score

6/10
Author: boyinflares from New Zealand
10 August 2006

"The Perfect Score" tells the story of six very different high school teens who, frustrated with the SAT's, decide to break into where the answers are kept, and steal them. Naturally, as the film progresses, in typical Teen-Movie tradition, the kids all realise things about themselves and the others that they never knew.

The six teens are perhaps the most boring group of characters ever assembled for a Teen Movie. Hottie Chris Evans is great as usual, and his character, Kyle, is about the only one that you can sympathise with. Scarlet Johansson cannot save her character, Francesca, from being unlikeable. Erika Christensen is good, but her character Anna is about as boring as stale bread. Bryan Greenberg is a great actor, and his character Matty is likable and sometimes funny, but mostly stupid. Darius Miles should have a few more acting lessons as he was as bland as oatmeal, and Leonardo Nam should not be allowed to act, or narrate, ever again. Their characters of Desmond and Roy were also hardly interesting at all. Matthew Lillard has a small role as Larry, the brother of Kyle, but one wishes that he didn't have, as he was simply awful. On the plus side though, Tyra Ferrell was fantastic as Desmond's mother - only she didn't get enough screen time.

"The Perfect Score" wasn't all that bad though. There were some nice moments from Evans and Christensen, as well as being very moralistic, it just might have been better with more interesting and likable characters. So while it may not get the perfect score, it's not the worst way to spend 80-odd minutes.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

SAT is approached with fun and insight

9/10
Author: (ArtistsAthletes@aol.com) from USA
14 May 2006

For those of us in higher education, this movie rings true. The humor is not juvenile, but it is very funny. The characters are played very well by the actors. (Great casting. These are not super star actors---not yet.) The Director also does a great job. It also provides a good life lesson and those taking (or those who have taken) the various standardized tests will see that others feel as they do. This movie will be appreciated by those going through the standardized test anxiety well into the future. This movie should do well(if promoted) on DVD as most future audiences will know the pressure that doing well on these types of tests entails. Overall I thought the premise was very original and was happily surprised by the quality of the movie and cast.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Just Stupid, Lousy and D U L L

2/10
Author: Scoval71 from New York, NY
9 December 2005

Really stupid, very, very lousy acting--especially from someone named Chris Evans who plays Lyle. The characters seems way old to play high schoolers and just are ridiculously unrealistic. I could hardly wait until this junk ended. The plot is lame and the music that bombards the film make it almost intolerable. Just garbage and totally unreal as I said to think such a stunt as getting the answers to an SAT exam could actually be done. Stiff acting and they don't even use the answers they get at the end of the film but give it to others. A ridiculous ending. Painful to endure. I could not recommend this movie and I am surprised that I even watched all of it myself.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Cool to watch for a couple of hours

7/10
Author: richard-wheeler from Gauteng, South Africa
7 December 2005

A kiff story about a guy named Kyle (Chris Evans) who tried to get into a university called Cornell University, so he took an SAT test and he passed it. He wanted to become an architect. But he did NOT want to take another test.

Kyle was in love with a girl named Francesca Curtis (Scarlett Johansson). And his friends were, a hard working girl named Anna Ross (Erika Christensen), a first team basket ball player named Desmond Rhodes (Darius Miles). And a dope smoking named Roy (Leonardo Nam). Roy loved women. ANY WOMAN!!! The group wanted to go to Financial ETS. And at Kyle's brother's party, Larry (Matthew Willard), they made a plan to get the answers for the ETS examination. And when they went to Fianacial ETS, the plan fell into place. Francesca walked past a guard and pretended to put boxes away, Kyle signed in at the front desk accompanied with his friend Matty Matthews (Bryan Greenberg) whereas Roy, Anna and Desmond waited in the woods. And soon, Kyle, Francesca and Matty went to go get the answers for the ETS examination.

During the escape, Matty was caught and he got arrested . It was a tragic scene with the music. And when everyone returned, they all went back into their usual routines: Francesca seeing her dad and her girlfriend sleeping together, Anna was being full of herself, Desmond was playing basketball in his backyard accompanied with Roy who was inside Desmond's house. And when Matty finally got out of prison, he and Francesca fell in love.

And at the end, nobody in the group was going to use the answers for the test and Roy gave the answers away to boys in the bathroom. Matty became an actor, Francesca sold her first novel, Kyle passed his test, Anna went to College in Europe and Roy created video games. And GUESS WHAT??!! Roy was the Narrator in this movie.

A Fun film to watch!

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Surprisingly better than your average teen movie -- Perhaps the best MTV Production since BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD DO AMERICA(1996)

6/10
Author: Ddey65 from United States
31 January 2005

As adults, we like to tell kids(mainly teenagers) that the decisions they make now will have an impact on the rest of their lives, when in reality we've already made their decisions behind their backs. One of the most significant ways that we do it is with the Standard Aptitude Test, which in some instances seem biased, and in others, the kids are simply too stupid to pass. And in this movie, which is produced by Brian Robbins(formerly Eric Madiran from HEAD OF THE CLASS), six kids from both circumstances decide that rather than cave in to the winds of fate, they're going to fight the man and steal the answers. This movie tries to compare itself to THE BREAKFAST CLUB, but anybody who's ever seen that movie knows it's nowhere near as heavy-handed. Keep in mind, however that this doesn't mean The Perfect Score is an inferior teen movie, even if it isn't the Oscar-grabber the John Hughes classic should've been.

The hero of this movie is Kyle(Chris Evans), a smart kid who's determined to seek a career in architecture. Most heroes in teen movies have no idea what they want to do after high school, and in real life such indecision is a cultural expectation, so this is a change for the better. Unfortunately, the SAT's have decided he's not going to achieve his career goal. His friend is Matty Matthews(Bryan Greenberg), a less-depressed version of Cameron Frye from FERRIS BEULLER'S DAY OFF, who's father has planned to make him inherit the family septic business. Not that it isn't a useful job, but Matty has no desire to be part of it, even if his SATs have decided otherwise. After losing his college girlfriend as well, he coaxes Kyle into helping him steal the answers to the SATs, and both know they're going to need help from other students. Among those who join their plot are golden girl Anna Ross(Erika Christensen), future NBA star Desmond Rhodes(Darius McCray), Roy(Leonardo Nam), a seemingly lame burnout who just happened to be on the scene while the plot is being discussed, and Francesca Curtis(Scarlett Johannson), a rich girl with a school-bashing website who's father owns the building they need to break into. What can I say about Scarlet Johannson that hasn't been said by any other IMDb commentator? Well, personally I don't go for women who have her look, but she pulls it off nicely. Oh, and Francesca's dad dates women who are practically her age. Along the way the cast, and the audience finds out more about each other. Like that Roy is not as idiotic as he acts(although that doesn't vindicate his drug use), Kyle's idiot older brother shares his parents' pride in him, and Matty doesn't need his ex-girlfriend as an excuse to go to college. Other things we learn early on, like that Anna's tired of being the idolized, brainy goody-two-shoes everybody thinks she is, Francesca's hatred of school has nothing to do with her grades, and you do not want to get on Desmond's mother's bad side, something Desmond already knows, and Roy finds out for himself.

So why is a man on the edge of forty recommending a teen movie trying to be something it's not? Well, it was made by another man who's on the edge of forty, the cast is terrific, the characters and storyline are interesting, and in the effort to pretend it's something it isn't, it's willing to spoof a "John Hughes moment" the way NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE couldn't. So ignore the fact that the critics panned this movie, and rent a copy of it sometime.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

mediocre teen flick

5/10
Author: TheNorthernMonkee from Manchester
16 December 2004

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

SPOILERS Every once in a while, MTV release music driven films designed for a teen audience. Whilst occasionally they are tolerable, often they're awful. The one surprising theme involving the MTV collection tends to be the presence of a major movie star in an early role. In "The Perfect Score", MTV have once again managed to create a mediocre teen film which gets better as it progresses, but will remain known for an appearance by then sensation Scarlett Johansson.

For whatever different reasons, a group of students are all on course to fail their SAT exams. Two of them, Kyle and Matty (Chris Evans and Bryan Greenberg), decide that the only way to fulfil their goals in life is to recruit the other failing students (including Johansson's rich girl) to help them steal the results in preparation for the exam.

The selection of MTV movies are never expected to be anything special. Often they are weak stories with immature performances and for the first half of "The Perfect Score", the pattern remains true. Ultimately though the story is saved partly by improving acting during the film and a daft performance by an unknown called Leonardo Nam as a stoned computer genius. Whilst not enough to fully redeem the early garbage, they do help to drag the film away from the doldrums of pathetic embarrassment and into the tolerable realm of dodgy teen flick.

Perhaps the one great irony about this film is how Miss Johansson might feel about it now. Released in the same year as "Lost In Translation" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring", this feature showed her in a completely different style of role and might arguably have lowered her in the opinion of certain critics. The performance itself is not particularly bad by Johansson and she does look very beautiful at times during the film, but considering the time of release, she could probably have done with avoiding "The Perfect Score".

Despite all of the traditional flaws with MTV movies, "The Perfect Score" does redeem itself later on. At the same time though, for so long into the film, the plot and characters are weak and infuriating with little really going for them. It takes a lot of hard work to watch this film, but towards the end, it becomes more enjoyable. Not a good film, but not the worst ever either.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

dumbbell teen flick

Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States
11 August 2004

In this caper film for numbskulls, a group of amoral teenage stereotypes devises an elaborate plot to break into a security building to steal some valuable merchandise. Is it the Hope Diamond they're after? A fortune in gold? Secret plans to take over the world? Front row seats to a Britney Spears concert? Heavens no. The target for this motley band of adolescent heisters turns out to be far more prosaic - the answers to the SAT exam. I guess it never occurred to these test-challenged youngsters that if they spent half the time, energy and brainpower cracking the books as they do working out this preposterous scheme, they might actually earn fairly decent scores on the test, and wouldn't risk ending up in prison for their efforts. But then you wouldn't have a movie – though, frankly, a film showing people studying mind-bending word analogies would probably be more interesting than `The Perfect Score.' (Come to think of it, `Spellbound' did something similar to that, albeit with spelling rather than synonyms).

The attempts at humanizing the characters are as predictable and corny as the fantasy sequences all of the participants envision as they contemplate their roles in the plot. Of course, the movie loses its nerve at the end and comes out foursquare in favor of honesty and decency as the way to fame, fortune and happiness.

Hopefully the actors involved in this disposable piffle will move onto bigger and better things in their careers (Scarlett Johansson certainly has) - because, in the world of movie superstardom, no one's scoring a 1600 here.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Unfunny teen pix

2/10
Author: anhedonia from Planet Earth
7 July 2004

Given its universal and topical premise, this film had the potential to be scathing, pointed and funny. Instead, it meanders along at an excruciatingly dull pace with little humor, no thrills and nothing really to say.

The only inexplicable question is what is Scarlett Johansson doing in this awful mess? She's one of the finest young actresses working today and she is so much better than this dreadful material. She is the best thing in this film. The two or three passable moments in this film belong to her.

The rest of the cast simply goes through the motions. The characters are all conventional; clichés we've seen in countless other teen movies - the stoner, the athlete, the rebel, the studious girl, the best friend - well, you get the idea.

There's nothing even remotely funny or novel about this film. You keep waiting for something, anything, original, but it never happens.

"The Perfect Score" only reinforces how good the teen films "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "The Sure Thing" really are.

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