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

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Writer (WGA):
Jeffrey Blitz (written by)
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Release Date:
28 September 2007 (Ireland) See more »
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Tagline:
Life is easier done than said.
Plot:
Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Great Performances from some excellent new talent! See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Nicholas D'Agosto ... Ben Wekselbaum

Anna Kendrick ... Ginny Ryerson

Utkarsh Ambudkar ... Ram

Candace Scholz ... 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 Garland ... Pizza Server (as Joel Marsh Garland)
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
(WGA)
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
 
Stunts
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 O'Leary .... best boy electric
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 .... additional costumer: Hawaii
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)
 
Thanks
Adam Byrne .... thanks
Jean-Michel Richaud .... very special thanks
Maia Rossini .... special thanks
Matthew F. Smith .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for some sexual content and language
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101 min
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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 »
Quotes:
Townsend Secretary:Are you her little brother? You look like you could be her little brother.
Hal Hefner:I'm... her ex-lover.
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Great Performances from some excellent new talent!, 21 January 2008
Author: lucashillsinlondon from London, England

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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