Rocket Science (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 September 2007 (UK)
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Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Wekselbaum
Townsend Prep Debater (as Candace Burr Scholz)
Coach Lumbly
Hal Hefner (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
Doyle Hefner
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Juliet Hefner
Virginia House ...
English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)
Plainsboro Lunch Lady
Mr. Lewinsky
Dionne Audain ...


Coming of age in Plainsboro, New Jersey. High school student Hal Hefner stutters. On the evening his parents stop arguing and separate, 43 miles away at the state tournament, his school's legendary debater, Ben Wekselbaum, goes blank mid-sentence, Ben's teammate Ginny Ryerson doesn't get a first-place trophy, and the world changes. That fall, to Hal's amazement, Ginny recruits him for the debate team, mentors him, and will be his partner. He still has his stutter, but he works hard and he falls in love with Ginny. On the day of the first debate of the season, the world changes again. From then until the day of the state tournament, Hal has a lot to sort out. Is love rocket science? Written by <>

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Life is easier done than said.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 September 2007 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ciência Espacial  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,536 (USA) (10 August 2007)


$712,391 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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After the disqualification, the outline of a body microphone pack can be seen through Hal's sport coat (rear waistband). See more »


Ben Wekselbaum: It's all so pointless. That's the realization I came to at States last year. Life is nothing but repetition, the same thing over and over. Somebody might give you a trophy and that's supposed to mean you're making progress but there's no such thing. The fights you fight today are the fights you fight untill you die.
Hal Hefner: Yeah, be that as it may.
Ben Wekselbaum: Sure, be that as it may...
Hal Hefner: Wait! It is not some college application bullshit that is, that is like the driving force here or any bullshit.
Ben Wekselbaum: I'm sure.
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Rocket Science Makes Perfect Sense
12 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On the brink of exhaustion after a week at Sundance, I sat down in a comfy plush seat in a theater that was not really a theater, but rather a library converted into a theater. Between the habitual midnight showing and average three movie viewing a day, I had fallen asleep in the last two, (Trust me, I did everything in the book to try and keep myself conscious) and thought this would be the third as I began to slouch down in this sumptuousness of a chair, but suddenly, the catchy music, witty dialog, and stimulating visuals had enlivened me. I was literally on the edge of my seat, hanging on to every word Hal Hefner uttered. It was remarkably fresh, continuously entertaining, and even profoundly deep. But in a good way. Which is quite rare not only in movies, but in life really. It made teenage angst and the mid-life crisis a little lighter, even hilarious. And who would think either would be funny. Anyways, this is quite a memorable tale, leaving you with a feeling of infinity, and the wisdom of approaching the serious things with a bit of humor.

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