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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
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>

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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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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Anna Kendrick (Ginny Ryerson) and Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ram) appeared together in Pitch Perfect (2012) See more »

Goofs

When Hal first enters the Luis Dry Cleaners in "Trenton," a Baltimore City Police van drives past behind him. 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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The Blob
Written by Mack David and Burt Bacharach
Performed by Guy Klucevsek and David Garland
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Great Performances from some excellent new talent!
21 January 2008 | by lucashillsinlondonSee all my reviews

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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