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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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Jeffrey Blitz

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Jeffrey Blitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lisbeth Bartlett ... Juliet Hefner
Aaron Yoo ... Heston
Virginia House Virginia House ... English Teacher (as Virginia Frank)
Marilyn Yoblick ... Plainsboro Lunch Lady
Maury Ginsberg ... Mr. Lewinsky
Emily Ginnona ... Honoria
Dionne Audain ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is easier done than said.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciência Espacial See more »

Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$58,536, 12 August 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$712,391, 21 October 2007
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Production Co:

B&W Films,Duly Noted,HBO Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Plainsboro shares two high schools with West Windsor, and therefore no Plainsboro High School exists in New Jersey. See more »

Goofs

After the disqualification, the outline of a body microphone pack can be seen through Hal's sport coat (rear waistband). See more »

Quotes

Earl Hefner: Mommy, Mommy! Hal's freaking out in the garage! This is gonna turn out bad, I can feel it.
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Connections

References Pecker (1998) See more »

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Do You Love Me?
Written and Performed by Eef Barzelay
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A Movie Set During That Oft-Overlooked Period In Life
23 September 2007 | by jzappaSee all my reviews

Rocket Science is essentially a movie about a boy who discovers his worth and abilities throughout his furious campaign for his dreams. The film's mood pushes the limit of tongue- in-cheek, and it is certainly felt as a comedy because after all, the premise is a stuttering boy joining a debate team, but despite all the hilarious non sequiturs and plot-driven laughs, I take that essential theme to heart. Hal Heffner is an innocently gawky young high school kid, portrayed in a should-be career-making performance by Reece Thompson, who has a severe stuttering problem and experiences a change of events that he finds to have had a tempestuous emotional effect on him that I'm just dying to give away but won't. From this point on, we share those emotions, because it's nearly impossible not to throw in all your chips for this kid. The reason is because growing up, frankly, is hard. Once one has done it, one doesn't feel like it was as hard as it was, but at the time, it most definitely was. Watching this film, we watch this naive stuttering boy crippled by inhibitions and shyness mature, reaching the extremes of anger, confusion, love, intellectual growth, and introspection.

There are plenty of movies about high school, and they're full of comeuppance, humor targeted for that age, discovery of sex, et cetera, but there is very very rarely a movie like Rocket Science, a movie about that particular time in your life when you were just growing into yourself and you didn't even know it, and you hardly look back at that time because of the unawareness of self at that point and, hopefully, the growth since then. This is an important little film that, though it isn't receiving the attention I feel it would and should get with a wider and longer release, time will be kind to, with great hope.


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