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The Perfect Score (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 30 January 2004 (USA)
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Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

Director:

Brian Robbins

Writers:

Marc Hyman (story), Jon Zack (story) | 3 more credits »
1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erika Christensen ... Anna
Chris Evans ... Kyle
Bryan Greenberg ... Matty Matthews
Scarlett Johansson ... Francesca
Darius Miles ... Desmond
Leonardo Nam ... Roy
Tyra Ferrell ... Desmond's Mother
Matthew Lillard ... Larry
Vanessa Angel ... Anita Donlee
Bill Mackenzie ... Lobby Guard
Dan Zukovic ... Mr. G
Iris Quinn ... Kyle's Mother
Lorena Gale ... Proctor
Patricia Idlette Patricia Idlette ... Receptionist
Lynda Boyd ... Anna's Mother
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Storyline

Six teenagers from diverse backgrounds - among them the school's star basketball player - conspire to break into a SAT testing center to steal the answers in hope of acing their exam. They ultimately realize that the answer to their problems and the key to their happiness may not lie in achieving a perfect score. Written by maria

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The S.A.T is hard to take. It's even harder to steal.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language, sexual content and some drug references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Paramount Pictures

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Perfect Score See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,873,819, 1 February 2004

Gross USA:

$10,391,003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,772,580
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It is impossible to actually steal a copy of the SAT's because there are several versions. Everyone who takes it has different questions or the questions are in a different order. See more »

Goofs

In the basketball scene where Francesca is being recruited, when the crowd jumps up to shout, you can see that Kyle, Matty, and Francesca are already out of the scene yet they walk off the bleachers in the next cut. See more »

Quotes

Anna: Do I look like I need the answers?
Roy: You look like you need a PIMP!
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Connections

Spoofs The Matrix (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

All My Life
by Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Taylor Hawkins (as Oliver Hawkins)
Performed by Foo Fighters
Courtesy of Roswell Records / The RCA Records Label
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music
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Scarlett Johansson is THE reason to see this movie...!
28 January 2004 | by junkySTLSee all my reviews

Well, not the ENTIRE reason to see this film... but she was certainly the highlight for me. Why? Frankly because I didn't even know who she was until I saw this film (sad, considering her other work is extremely interesting).

At any rate, the plot is simple; high school students pressured by life decisions plan to steal the S.A.T. (which has various definitions assigned to it throughout the movie). It becomes an elaborate scheme and many people get caught up in it.

Including shinning Erika Christensen (from SWIMFAN and TRAFFIC).

There's the obvious collection of somewhat stereotypical kids (a stoner, a brain, two slackers- one more academically charged than the audience would like to believe).

At any rate, this movie plays well.

I actually loved it!

I supposed it was a bit more personal for me since my PSAT and S.A.T. were HELL!!!!!! And I sunk my teeth depe into a movie that blasted these types of standardized tests and the implications they hold (sexism, racism, placism, all of which are true of standardized tests and the current education system in general, sad to me... and me on the brink of being an English professor).

At any rate, the bottom line is this: You HAVE to admire a movie where one of the "heroes" of the film is a stoner who's so ultra-smart among his peers that he excells past all of them while convincing everyone around him that he's borderline stupid. Only Mtv could produce such a character, or such a film.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

And watch Johansson... She's gonna be a star if her smoldering performance here is any indication! She plays the best goth/metal/rebellious/finger-to-the-system/badgirl I've seen in film today...


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