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Rocket Science (2007)

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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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Ram
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Townsend Prep Debater (as Candace Burr Scholz)
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Coach Lumbly
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Hal Hefner (as Reece Daniel Thompson)
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English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)
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Honoria
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Abraham Lincoln
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life is easier done than said.

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Comedy | Drama

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

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28 September 2007 (UK)  »

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Ciência Espacial  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,536, 12 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$712,391, 21 October 2007
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Anna Kendrick (Ginny Ryerson) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ram) appeared together in Pitch Perfect (2012) See more »

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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 »

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Plainsboro Lunch Lady: [serving sloppy joe sandwiches at school lunchtime] They're not really bad if you've never had really good ones.
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References Pecker (1998) See more »

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Blister In The Sun
Written by Gordon Gano
Performed by Sam Matthews and Houfei Tang
Also performed by Violent Femmes
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As heartfelt as it is intelligent
25 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

One of last years best scripts and a breakout performance from the natural Reece Thompson ensures Rocket Science is up on 2007's biggest sleepers list. Unlike the overrated Juno, Jeffrey Blitz's stimulating screenplay hardly ever rings hollow, despite the fact some of these high schooler's made that pregnant whippersnapper sound like a three year old. Here though, as unrealistically hyper-articulate as this high school debate team, indie-romance styled dramedy feels, Blitz possesses the rare ability to seamlessly merge it with a whole bunch of tender awkwardness and create something far superior then a wit-fest.

Encapsulating this neurotic whimsy is the gifted Thompson (amongst other very well casted performances) who like a younger, more accessible Jason Schwartzman, takes an annoyingly exploited trait of stuttering unease and mines it into a tender, thoughtful coming of age characterization that should inspire even the most cynical of introverts.

Littered with scene after scene of a simply far more perceptive quirk then what Hollywood's continuously dumbed-down interpretations of independent film used to be, Rocket Science blasts off with personality and style to spare.


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