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

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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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


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

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After Ginny first speaks with Hal on the school bus, we are show a shot of Hal looking out the window at her, the bus pulls off and we notice that the first window behind him is a emergency exit and the next holds a wheelchair lift. When we cut back to an internal shot of the bus, we can see there is no wheelchair lift on the bus. See more »


Townsend Secretary: Are you her little brother? You look like you could be her little brother.
Hal Hefner: I'm... her ex-lover.
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A fresh surprise
13 August 2007 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

With another entry in the "coming of age" category, I really was pleasantly surprised to find--if not an original--a deeply-felt, honest portrayal of the trials of adolescence. The strongest aspects were the performances from the entire cast with Anna Kendrick and Vincent Piazza being standouts. Of course, the fine work of Reese Thompson will be rewarded by the praise he deserves (and hopefully awarded).

But this deeply personal film has many fine moments, both hysterically funny and painfully revealing. Because it refuses to be predictable--even in the final moments--I believe it will stand above other films of this genre. A well chosen score will keep it from becoming dated. It's never glib towards a range "bent" characters, and chooses to leave the smart remarks for the characters and not the film itself. Despite the subject of repressed anger and expressed rage, there's a sweetness that avoids the sentimental.

Clearly Jeffery Blitz needed to tell this story. And I hope he has many more for us in the future.

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