The Perfect Score (2004)

logoDirector: Brian Robbins

Writer: Mark Schwahn, Marc Hyman, Jon Zack (Screenplay) Marc Hyman, Jon Zack (Story)

Starring: Chris Evans, Bryan Greenberg, Scarlett Johansson, Leonardo Nam, Erika Christensen, Darius Miles, Tyra Ferrell, Matthew Lillard, Vanessa Angel

 

Plot: Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Centre so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

 

Verdict: Stepping Stones

 

Story: The Perfect Score shows what happens when kids take exams it doesn’t matter how smart you are it only matters what your scores are. Our six teenagers all have different ideas of a future and they all want to achieve it, but these results can change their futures. This shows the pressure these students have to go through and how they all react to it. It comes off as a basic heist film that ends up having a much deeper meaning. It is all very easy to watch and really doesn’t have any twists. It does have very stereotypical characters which you know how their revelation will work out in the end. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Chris Evans: Kyle who wants to become an architect but his test scores are not up to the required level to get into the college of his choice. He comes up with a plan along with his best friend and shows leadership skills to keep the team working together throughout. Good performance showing that Chris Evans was going to be become a major star in the future. (7/10)

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Bryan Greenberg: Matty Matthews who believes that he can walk into the college where his girlfriend goes to, but he ends up being bought back down to earth by being rejected and joins in with his best friend’s plan to steal the scores. Solid performance on an honest student who really doesn’t know what his future is going to hold. (7/10)

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Scarlett Johansson: Francesca Curtis daughter of the man behind the SAT office who gets recruited to help. She is very much too herself and runs a website trying to expose the truth. Good performance from Scarlett showing she was ready to become the mega star she is now. (7/10)

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Leonardo Nam: Roy stoner who is bottom of the class, he joins the team because he over hears the plan but ends up showing he is more helpful than first thought. Has most of the funny lines and actions even if he is the stereotypical stoner characters. (7/10)

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Erika Christensen: Anna Ross second best student in the class, but always folds under the pressure of exams. She gets pushed by her parents to be the best and attend Brown but she starts to question what she really wants as the film unfolds. Good performance as the girl entering a zone outside her comfort zone. (7/10)

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Darius Miles: Desmond Rhodes star basketball player who has been struggling on his studies, gets bought down to earth when he gets told he will still need improvement on the game and the good grades will help him have something to fall back on. Looks the most out of place here and struggles to convince throughout. (4/10)

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Director Review: Brian Robbins – Creates a basic heist film for kids which is enjoyable without being memorable. (7/10)

 

Comedy: The Perfect Score has a few laughs here and there mostly from Roy, but nothing over the top. (7/10)

Crime: The Perfect Score heist side of the story comes off well and shows that there could be punishments if caught. (8/10)

Settings: All basic settings The Perfect Score use don’t really add anything to the story. (5/10)

Suggestion: This is one to try, it is good seeing early Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson work too. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Evans and Johansson showing they were stars in the making.

Worst Part: The dated Matrix daydream sequences.

Funniest Scene: Roy calls Desmond and ends up talking to his mum.

Believability: The struggle the student go through it real but what they do is not. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $11 Million

Budget: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes

Tagline:  The S.A.T is hard to take. It’s even harder to steal.

 

Overall: Study Don’t Cheat

Rating 60

 

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Our Favourite Performance – Scarlett Johansson

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This is the first of what we hope to be many posts picking our favourite performance from a range of stars. if you would like the idea and want to join in on these posts let us know.

My Pick is

Rebecca – Ghost World (2001) – She is the best friend to lead Enid who both struggle to fit in after finishing high school.ghost world

Lesley Pick

Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff – Avengers Assembles (2012) – Black Widow is a deadly assassin who joins the superheroes as they fight to save the world from Loki and his army.blak widow

Lewis’ Pick

Jordan Two Delta – The Island (2005) – I love the plot in that film, that these people live a blind existence with the dream of the lottery holiday existence. Both she and McGregor played their roles as oblivious clones well, from their initial curiosity inside, to wonder when they surfaced, and then with motivation (and action hero theatrics) towards the conclusionjordan

Simon’s Pick

Black Widow – Iron Man 2 (2010) – Black Widow is a deadly assassin who joins the Ironman as he tries to stop Whiplash and his evil plans.iron man 2

Aled’s Pick

Sarah Jordan – The Island (2005) – Sarah is the real person who has had Jordan created to cover her in case of any emergency surgery she may require.jordan

Ian’s Pick

Ashley Parker – Eight Legged Freaks (2002) – The teenage daughter of our heroine who is on the run along with the rest from the giant mutated spiders.8 freaks

Trailer Alert – Son of a Gun

Plot – Locked up for a minor crime, 19 year old JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. Protection, if you can get it, is paramount. JR soon finds himself under the watchful eye of Australia’s most notorious criminal, Brendan Lynch. But protection comes at a price. Lynch and his crew have plans for their young protegee. Upon release, JR must help secure Lynch’s freedom, staging a daring prison break. As a reward, he’s invited to join the crew as they plan a gold heist that promises to deliver millions. However, as things start to go wrong, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues. JR finds himself unsure of whom he can trust and on a collision course with his former mentor.

Release Date:  30th January 2015

Questions:

Will this be the same old double cross style film?

How will Brenton Thwaites do in the lead opposite Ewan McGregor?

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 70%

My Guess Rating – 65%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No