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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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Ben Wekselbaum
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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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Doyle Hefner
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Juliet Hefner
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Heston
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English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)
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Plainsboro Lunch Lady
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Mr. Lewinsky
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Honoria
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Storyline

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:

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

Gross:

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

When Hal first enters the Luis Dry Cleaners in "Trenton," a Baltimore City Police van drives past behind him. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: And if you don't know how farming subsidies could inspire all this commotion then you don't know life and there's nothing to be said about it. Suitcases end marriages and farming subsidies launch cataclysms.
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Featured in HBO First Look: Rocket Science (2007) 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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Great Performances from some excellent new talent!
21 January 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The entire time I was watching rocket science, I was gob smacked by the performances of the entire cast, but in particular Anna Kendrick and Nicholas D'Agosto. Their performances were unlike anything I've seen in years!!! I think it's difficult to portray a character that you hate and love quite like Anna has done in this movie, and even now.. I'm still wondering..? but mostly it's love ;)

Seriously, for the last 2 decades or so, Hollywood has been lacking the ability to produce anything that even resembles 'originality' and usually just chews up and spits out a recombination of 3 or 4 stories that have been told time and time again..... and for that reason alone, there'll probably be one or two people that won't even appreciate this movie because its not that run of the mill crap they're used too.

But honestly, whoever put together the cast of this movie deserves a massive pat on the back. I cannot think of another name that could have fit the profile of these characters so perfectly!

I question how the hell it got the 'R' rating however?? Come on, its language and sexuality content was on par with 'Lost in Translation'.. What the? Whether you're 25 or 12, watch this movie by yourself with no distractions and no one to influence your reactions and you will LOVE this movie, it's very clever. I recommend it highly!


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