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Rocket Science (2007)

Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.

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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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English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)
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Mr. Lewinsky
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Honoria
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Abraham Lincoln
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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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$58,536 (USA) (12 August 2007)

Gross:

$712,391 (USA) (21 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 »

Quotes

Hal Hefner: You know, Ginny said I won't be her real partner for months. And until then, I'm, like... the mascot. The disfluent mascot. The disfluent mascot who's not getting a BJ.
Heston: Like an aardvark.
Hal Hefner: No, that was a joke, Heston... there isn't a debate mascot.
Heston: I, for some reason, was convinced that it was an aardvark.
Hal Hefner: No.
Heston: C'est la vie.
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

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I Love the Unknown
Written by Eef Barzelay
Performed by Clem Snide
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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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