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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

Writer:

Jeffrey Blitz
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Company Credits

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

Ginny Ryerson: Coach Lumbly, with the pilgrim hat, she teaches Patterns of Adult Living. On her third husband, name of Wallace Lumbly, Wallace the third. That's a particular pattern she doesn't lecture us on in class. Well, she came up to me after a presentation on egalitarianism and said that although my argumentative skills were at the fetal stage she sensed, somehow she intuited, my potential and invited me onto the team and, so, two years later, here I am doing the same with you. Recruiting. Ferreting out...
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Featured in At the Movies: Episode #7.19 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Performed by Nicholas D'Agosto
Also performed by Eef Barzelay
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Smart Dialog, Sharp Performances
8 June 2008 | by ekebySee all my reviews

I'm surprised that this film elicits so many negative reviews here. I enjoyed reading the rant by the guy who spells cello "chello." I think that pretty much explains it. Literacy will be required to appreciate this movie.

This has to be the best dialog in any film ever made with a stutterer as a central character.

I found the performances letter-perfect; not a false note anywhere. This is a movie where even the bit parts are played by well-cast actors, not producers' pretty boyfriends or girlfriends. I loved the girl in the washroom with the nosebleed, for example. Perfect.

Rushmore did not come to mind while I watched this film, nor did any of the other "quirky" films named here by other reviewers. But I did think of it as a companion piece to "Welcome to the Dollhouse." Both set in NJ, and both with central characters at the bottom of their school social ranking, and coping with their realities better than one would think.

I particularly liked the relationship between adults and kids in this film. The adults (parents and teachers) are wise about the kids, and the kids are just as wise about the adults. The tone was just right.


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