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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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



    • i saw it when i was the age of characters first time so i related to the exams situation, but it still feels like a ocean’s eleven with kids

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