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Rocket Science -- A stuttering New Jersey teen competes on a debate squad to win over his ambitious, beautiful teammate in this film. Reece Daniel Thompson stars.
Rocket Science -- Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team.


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Nicholas D'Agosto ... Ben Wekselbaum

Anna Kendrick ... Ginny Ryerson

Utkarsh Ambudkar ... Ram

Candace Hammer ... Townsend Prep Debater (as Candace Burr Scholz)

Margo Martindale ... Coach Lumbly

Reece Thompson ... Hal Hefner (as Reece Daniel Thompson)

Vincent Piazza ... Earl Hefner

Denis O'Hare ... Doyle Hefner
Lisbeth Bartlett ... Juliet Hefner

Aaron Yoo ... Heston
Virginia House ... English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)

Marilyn Yoblick ... Plainsboro Lunch Lady

Maury Ginsberg ... Mr. Lewinsky

Emily Ginnona ... Honoria
Dionne Audain ... Abraham Lincoln

Dan DeLuca ... Stephen Douglas

Michael Kusnir ... Flemming
Steve Park ... Judge Pete (as Stephen Park)

John Patrick Barry ... Gym Teacher

Josh Kay ... Lewis Garrles
Jane Beard ... Fern Garrles
Herb Merrick ... Lewis's Dad
Carol Florence ... Connie Ryerson (as Carol A. Florence)

Jonah Hill ... Junior Philosopher

Betsy Hogg ... Crystal Hamish-Steinberg

Brandon Thane Wilson ... Phillip
Zack Arrington ... Plainsboro Debate Team
Jaime Chicas ... Plainsboro Debate Team
Katrina Hargrave ... Plainsboro Debate Team
Erin Loube ... Plainsboro Debate Team

Natasha Sattler ... Plainsboro Debate Team
Will Shaw ... Plainsboro Debate Team
Jeffrey Wei ... Plainsboro Debate Team
David DeBoy ... Frank Ryerson

Andrew Collie ... Hazlet Timer
Huong D. Nguyen ... Lewinsky's Girlfriend (as Huong Huyuh)
Katherine Ross Wolfe ... Glen Rock Debater

Susan Duvall ... Hazlet Lunch Lady (as Susan 'Tootsie' Duball)

Elisabeth Noone ... Hazlet Coach
Noah Mazaika ... Trophy Presenter #1
Will Parquette ... Trophy Presenter #2
Tara Richter-Smith ... Babysitter
Judy Jean Berns ... Townsend Prep Receptionist

Jeanette Brox ... Townsend Prep Bad Girl
Roland Gomez ... Luis (as Roland Branford Gomez)

Lee R. Sellars ... New Jersey Debate Official (as Lee Sellars)

Joel Marsh Garland ... Pizza Server
Dan Cashman ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dave Cooperman ... Contest Judge (uncredited)

Caitlin Gold ... Townsend Prep Debator (uncredited)

Justin Mather ... Morristown Debater (uncredited)

Chelsea O'Toole ... Student (uncredited)

McKenzie Shea ... Student (uncredited)

Tyson Sullivan ... Rick / Pizza Delivery Dude (uncredited)
Tina Toner ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeffrey Blitz 
Writing credits
Jeffrey Blitz (written by)

Produced by
Effie Brown .... producer (as Effie T. Brown)
Nicole Colombie .... line producer
Sean Welch .... producer
Original Music by
Eef Barzelay 
Cinematography by
Jo Willems (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Yana Gorskaya 
Casting by
Matthew Lessall 
Production Design by
Rick Butler 
Art Direction by
Halina Gebarowicz 
Set Decoration by
Jay Klein 
Costume Design by
Ernesto Martinez 
Makeup Department
Ardis Cohen .... assistant hair stylist
Janice Kinigopoulos .... key hair stylist
Annabelle MacNeal .... makeup artist
Ngozi Olandu .... assistant makeup artist
Debi Young .... key makeup artist
Gina W. Bateman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherri Bramlett .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Sandra Linn Koepper .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Rosemary Lawrence .... key makeup artist: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Janice Tunnell .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Sherri Zebeck .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Effie Brown .... unit production manager (as Effie T. Brown)
Jean Chien .... production supervisor: second unit
Janet Fries Eckholm .... post-production supervisor
Scott Michael Nabat .... post-production supervisor (as Scott Nabat)
George Norfleet .... production supervisor
Dave Willis .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy Blockburger .... second second assistant director
Stuart B. Hagen .... second assistant director (as Stuart Hagen)
Van Hayden .... first assistant director
Alexander James .... additional second assistant director
Traci M. Lewis .... second assistant director (as Traci Lewis)
John O'Rourke .... first assistant director: second unit
Xanthus Valan .... second second assistant director
Dennis Burrell .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
David Beach .... construction coordinator
Jennie Bell .... charge scenic (as Jennie M. Bell)
Erik Boring .... lead man
Ryan Braun .... storyboard artist
Niamh Butler .... additional artwork
Scott Canfield .... leadman: second unit
Carl Catanese .... set decoration buyer
Richard Crandall .... charge scenic
F. Dale Davis .... swing
Phaedra Eason .... swing gang: U.S.
John Fulcher .... swing
Susanna Glattly .... charge scenic
Peter Gottlieb .... swing
Candi Guterres .... production designer: second unit
Autumn Jones .... charge scenic: second unit
Wayne 'Spider' Kehs .... greens person (as Spider Wayne Kehs)
Kristina Kilpe .... assistant property master
Donna Kurtinecz .... additional props
Jim McPherson .... on-set dresser (as James McPherson)
Sayaka Nagata .... art department production assistant: second unit
Gregory D. Neumunz .... set dresser: second unit (as Gregory Neumunz)
Dawson Nolley .... art department coordinator
Bobby Raber .... scenic
Jennie Hill Robinson .... greens person
Heather Rounds .... additional artwork
Craig Lee Schuman .... scenic
Claire Sharp .... scenic
Bob Spore .... set dresser
Lisa Tong .... set decorator: second unit
Azhriaz Vanashta .... scenic
Jason Wicksell .... swing
Michael Sabo .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Christian B. Allen .... sound: electronic press kit
Julie Altus .... adr recordist
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Donna Barrett .... utility sound (as Donna M. Barrett)
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Peter Brown .... supervising sound editor
Mark Brunner .... boom operator
John Cannon .... sound assistant
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Kevin E. Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
Lori Dovi .... sound: second unit
Tim Farrell .... sound effects editor
Paul Flinchbaugh .... sound assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Nerses Gezalyan .... sound mixer
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor (as Christopher Hogan)
Ken Ishii .... sound mixer
Nancy MacLeod .... sound effects editor
Dave McMoyler .... supervising sound editor
James Moriana .... foley artist
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Jeff Pullman .... boom operator
Gabriel J. Serrano .... sound mix technician
Christopher Sidor .... sound mix technician (as Chris Sidor)
Dean St. John .... adr mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter Sullivan)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
Lars Bjerre .... dialogue denoising (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... special effects coordinator (as Henry S. Atterbury)
Thomas F. Lombardi .... effects crew (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Vanessa Cheung .... matte painter: Momentum VFX
Kenneth Nakada .... visual effects supervisor: Momentum VFX
Gene Harrison .... stunt coordinator (as Roy Eugene Harrison)
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt double: Reese Thompson
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Joanna Shelmidine .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Leonard Applefeld .... electrician (as Len Applefeld)
Ian Axilrod .... camera loader
John C. Barber .... dolly grip: second unit (as John Barber)
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Susannah Bridges .... camera loader: second unit
Kevin 'Vinnie' Campbell .... electrician
Frank Caslin .... best boy electric
Matthew Caulk .... camera loader
Dean Citroni .... best boy grip
Timothy H. Coté .... grip (as Timothy Cote)
Michael Gearhart .... best boy grip
Julio Gomez .... electrician: second unit
John Hamilton .... second assistant camera
John R. Hamilton .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Preston Hart .... electrician
Tim Hennessy .... camera loader
Chris Henry .... electrician
Rolf Johansson .... grip: second unit
Mike Keelty .... gaffer
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... key grip
Mako Koiwai .... first assistant camera: second unit (as F. Mako Koiwai)
Baqi Kopelman .... gaffer: second unit
Tim Kossa .... electrician
Michael Krebs .... first assistant camera
Cindy Kurland .... second assistant camera: second unit
Thomas Miligan .... camera loader: second unit (as Tom Milligan)
Michael Miller .... electrician
Jonathan Moore .... grip
Steve Morris .... photographer: Trenton Bridge
Michael Patrick O'Leary .... best boy electric (as Michael O'Leary)
Kurt Parlow .... first assistant camera
Danny Powell .... camera operator: electronic press kit
Jess Robinson .... grip
John Scanlan .... electrician (as John P. Scanlan)
Byron Shah .... director of photography: second unit
Russ St. John .... key grip: second unit
Rick Strodel .... dolly grip
Benjamin Suarez .... generator operator: second unit
David J. Thompson .... camera operator (as Dave Thompson)
Basil Tydings .... electrician (as Basil 'Chip' Tydings)
Paul Vandewater .... camera operator: electronic press kit
Chad Wilson .... Steadicam operator: second unit
Mike Wilson .... electrician
Franz Wise .... electrician (as Franz Rheinhardt Wise)
Mike Yoder .... electrician: second unit (as Michael Yoder)
Jason Younger .... grip (as Jason M. Younger)
Scott Inge .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Mike Panczenko Jr. .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Wade Tyree .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Valerie Battenfeld .... extras casting
Kim Burns .... extras casting
Jeffrey Gafner .... casting assistant
Nina Henninger .... additional casting: San Francisco
Ellyn Long Marshall .... additional casting: New York, Orpheus Casting Group (as Ellyn Marshall)
Maria E. Nelson .... additional casting: New York, Orpheus Casting Group (as Maria Nrlson)
Carolyn Pickman .... additional casting: Boston
Lynn Reinstein .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Betsy Royall .... additional casting: Baltimore
Nadia Lubbe Simon .... casting associate: New York (as Nadia Lubbe)
Terri Douglas .... adr group voice casting (uncredited)
Megann Ratzow .... additional casting: Oregon (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lori Ayala-Read .... costume supervisor
Linda M. Boyland .... additional costumer
Donna D. Casey .... set costumer: second unit (as Donna Casey)
Stephanie Fox-Kramer .... additional costumer: Hawaii (as Stephanie Fox)
Amanda Johnson .... wardrobe assistant
Joan M. Lynch .... additional costumer
Amanda Sroka .... set costumer
Samuel Stewart .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Dan Aguilar .... digital intermediate editor
Steve Aguilar .... digital intermediate senior conform artist: Encore Hollywood
Jon Howard .... digital intermediate assistant: Encore Hollywood
Jennifer Martinez .... assistant editor
Maureen O'Connor .... digital intermediate producer: Encore Hollywood
Steve Porter .... colorist: Encore Hollywood
Chris Regan .... color timer: lab
Justin Sanchez .... digital intermediate data i/o: Encore Hollywood
Martha Shane .... editing intern
Music Department
Roy Agee .... musician: trombone
Eef Barzelay .... music producer
Ray Espinola Jr. .... associate music supervisor
Tony Harrell .... musician: accordion
Evyen Klean .... music producer (as Evyn J. Klean)
Evyen Klean .... music supervisor (as Evyen J. Klean)
Benjamin Martin .... musician: drums
Mike Mehesan .... music editor
Jennifer Reeve .... music coordinator
Brad Segal .... music arranger
Brad Segal .... music editor
Brad Segal .... orchestrator
Janet Lopez .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Mike Mehesan .... score mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Charles E. Bauer .... driver
Vincent J. Gargiulo .... driver (as Vincent J. Guariglia Jr.)
Daniel A. Hirsch .... driver
James Daniel Hubbard .... driver (as James Hubbard)
Greg Jacobs .... driver
Frank R. Matkins .... driver
David Myers .... driver
Sandra Ninham .... transportation coordinator
Robert Phillips .... driver
Salvatore A. Raimond .... driver (as Sal Raimond)
Francis Raimondo .... transportation co-captain (as Francis Anthony Raimond)
Larry Sinclair .... driver
Ronald Smith .... transportation captain
David G. Todd .... production van operator
John C. Watkins Sr. .... driver
Bruce Zamzow .... driver
Eli Lozano .... driver (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Justin Ambrosino .... production assistant: second unit
Richard Baker .... set intern (as Richard W. Baker)
Cori Barrett .... set intern
Denise A. Beale .... production office coordinator (as Denise Ann Beale)
Brian Bitner .... debate coach
Shawn Blake .... set production assistant
Caren Bortz .... set intern
Ryan Braun .... production office intern
Cortney Burk .... first assistant accountant
Jane Burka .... script supervisor (as Jane Leslie Burka)
Jennifer M. Byrne .... post-production accountant
Joan Devilla .... payroll accountant (as Joan DeVilla)
Melissa Dunn .... production office intern
Rebecca Durivage-Jacobs .... set intern
Stephanie Jean Elmer .... second assistant accountant (as Stephanie Elmer)
Caprice Ericson .... location scout
Amanda Faison .... set production assistant
Michael Faulkner .... location manager (as Michael R. Faulkner)
Ben Feldman .... production legal services
Chris Flynn .... office production assistant
Christopher Geair .... location scout
Vikki Jackson .... assistant: Effie Brown
Jeff Johnson .... set medic
Douglas M. Jones .... set production assistant (as Doug Jones)
Krysten Klipa .... craft service assistant
Donna Kurtinecz .... animal wrangler
Candace Leake .... office production assistant
Andre Lee .... clearance coordinator (as André Robert Lee)
Wellington Love .... publicist: Baltimore
Mary Ann Mack .... craft service assistant
Wendy McAllister .... assistant production coordinator
Asa McCall .... set production assistant
Pleze Moore .... production assistant: Los Angeles (as Pleze E. Moore)
Elena Moscatt .... craft service
George Nicholis .... film publicist
Joy Phillips .... electronic press kit director/producer
Jennifer Quesenbery .... assistant location manager: second unit
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Tommy Robinson .... stuttering coach (as Dr. Tommy Robinson)
Matt Ryb .... assistant: Jeffrey Blitz (as Matt Rybczynski)
Joan Scheckel .... workshop development
Catherine Schuler .... assistant: Effie Brown
Josh Slates .... assistant location manager
Brendan Stephan .... locations production assistant: second unit
Shane Tunney .... location assistant
Chad Tyler .... stand-in: Utkarsh Ambudkar
Fiona Walsh .... production assistant: Los Angeles
Joe Waschak .... production office intern
Angel Kristi Williams .... production office intern (as Angel Williams)
Amy Willis .... location production assistant
Derek Yip .... production accountant
Rehya Young .... location manager
Philip Byron .... production assistant (uncredited)
Dan Carlin-Weber .... production assistant (uncredited)
Allison Curren .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Jacq Donegan .... assistant accountant: pre-production (uncredited)
Thomas L. Ferguson .... intern (uncredited)
Miriam Laurence .... dialect coach: pre-production (uncredited)
Catherine A. McCabe .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Jason Neudecker .... set production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Kelley Sims .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
Adam Byrne .... thanks
Jean-Michel Richaud .... very special thanks
Maia Rossini .... special thanks
Matthew F. Smith .... special thanks

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Continuity: 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 »
Hal Hefner:That's god doing your dry cleaning.
Hal Hefner:God does dry cleaning. He wears a smock.
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28 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Best film so far of 2007, 26 August 2007
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

For some, the joys of being a teenager include excelling at sports, having a girlfriend or boyfriend, being part of a close circle of friends, or just having fun. For others, there is only the constant feeling of being an outsider looking in. For some, even the thought of getting out of bed in the morning to go to school is filled with dread. Case in point - Hal Hefner, a fifteen year old attending Plainsboro High School in New Jersey, who is trying to make sense of growing up but is burdened by a stutter so debilitating that he cannot even tell the cafeteria worker at school that he wants pizza instead of fish. Rocket Science, the second feature by Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound), who overcame his own stuttering disability, is a teen comedy that poignantly captures the painful loneliness of adolescence.

While on paper Rocket Science sounds like other coming of age films such as Election and Rushmore, it manages to capture something unique and very special about being a teenager without having to rely on grossness, stereotypes, or implausible situations. Brilliantly played by Vancouver actor Reece Thompson, Hal's sweetness and innocence is totally captivating and we identify with his pain and root for him to succeed. His family support, however, is virtually nonexistent. His brother Earl (Vincent Piazza) is a compulsive thief and bully who calls him by girls' names, his father has moved out of the house and his mother (Lizbeth Bartlett) has a Korean boyfriend, a Small Claims judge, (Steve Park) who laughs inappropriately and whose son Heston (Aaron Yu), a bisexual, shows an unusual amount of interest in him.

Hal has a speech therapist, Mr. Lewinsky (Maury Ginsberg), but he is so incompetent that he tells him that he wishes Hal was hyperactive so he would know how to treat him. Under these circumstances, the last place he would want to be is on the high school debating team, a collection of driven, super-confident word magicians who can speak with authority at breakneck speed on both sides of an issue. Surprisingly however, Hal is recruited by top debater Ginny Ryerson (Anna Kendrick) to be her debate partner after her former partner Ben Wekselbaum (Nicholas D'Agosto) went blank at last year's championship match.

Ginny, a charming but overly aggressive super student, tells Hal that "deformed people" make good competitors because they have so much anger to express. Hal's first inclination is to say no but he is so taken with Ginny and flattered that someone could see some possibility in him that he accepts. Giving it the old high school try, he stumbles badly both in pursuing his romance and in debating the subject of sexual abstinence in high school, so badly in fact that he often has to hide in the janitor's closet from embarrassment.

Mr. Lewinsky advises Hal to try singing the words of the debate to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic, or speaking with a foreign accent and he does both with hilarious effect. Partly out of revenge and partly out of desperation, he turns to failed debater Ben Wekselbaum, now working in Trenton in a cleaners, to be his new partner after Ginny transfers to a different school. The ending is ripe for the big debate in which all the pieces fit neatly together but Blitz does not go there. Instead he relies on the inner strength of the characters to see them through, not on a contrived narrative.

While there are some predictably oddball characters like Philosophy major Lionel (Jonah Hill), pint-sized Josh (Lewis Garrles) who spies on Ginny for him (and models her bra that he has stolen), and an older couple who practice the Kama Sutra and play Violent Femmes "Blister In The Sun" duets on the cello and piano, Rocket Science has few false notes. It is wise, honest, funny, touching, and painfully sad with Oscar-caliber performances. It's not rocket science to figure out why it is the best film so far of 2007.

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