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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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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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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ROCKET SCIENCE is really a wonderful film!
14 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

How anyone could be bored with this is beyond me. Perhaps the film hits too close to home. See it, if for no other reason, for the terrific performances of Reece Thompson and Anna Kendrick. They are both amazing in their key roles, and, were this a high-profile Hollywood film, would no doubt be considered come Oscar time, as well they should be! High school can be a painful time, so to expect some Disney version of perfect, perky kids, who all look like teen models, is downright unrealistic. This film, on the other hand, rang true in just about every scene, which is no easy task. And I have to add that I have become a big fan of Margo Martindale, who can do just about anything asked of her. (See her touching segment in the multi-segment film "Paris, je t'aime" and her work in "The Riches" to get an idea of how terrific this actress is.) In any event, if you want to see a film that reflects high school in all its good-bad-and-ugly splendor, this is one film you should not miss.

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