Picturehouse and HBO Films present a story about Hal Hefner, an ordinary, shy 15 year-old boy who's struggling to make it through High School. On top of his parents' recent divorce and an obsessive- compulsive, kleptomaniac older brother, Hal has a stuttering problem. In spite of this speech impediment, the high school debate team star, Ginny Ryerson, invites Hal to join the team. Stumbling his way to the championship, Hal falls in love, gains confidence and ultimately, realizes that love and life should not be rocket science.]]>
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While on paper Rocket Science sounds like other coming of age films such as Election and Rushmore, it manages to capture something unique and very special about being a teenager without having to rely on grossness, stereotypes, or implausible situations. Brilliantly played by Vancouver actor Reece Thompson, Hal's sweetness and innocence is totally captivating and we identify with his pain and root for him to succeed. His family support, however, is virtually nonexistent. His brother Earl (Vincent Piazza) is a compulsive thief and bully who calls him by girls' names, his father has moved out of the house and his mother (Lizbeth Bartlett) has a Korean boyfriend, a Small Claims judge, (Steve Park) who laughs inappropriately and whose son Heston (Aaron Yu), a bisexual, shows an unusual amount of interest in him.
Hal has a speech therapist, Mr. Lewinsky (Maury Ginsberg), but he is so incompetent that he tells him that he wishes Hal was hyperactive so he would know how to treat him.Read more ›
The other type of people - people like me - will love this film. I saw it in a theatre filled with people like me (well, not filled exactly, but one-quarter-filled; there aren't that many of us I'm afraid). And it was the first time in a long time that I recall hearing people laugh out loud during a film. I'd say the audience who I saw it with certainly connected.
And it marks the return of Mike Yanagita (aka Steve Park)! That scene-stealer from Fargo. The whole cast is great, actually, but especially Reece Thompson as Hal Hefner. Phenomenal. Stutterers on film are uniformly annoying to the point of unwatchability, but not Hal - he is utterly endearing.
If you're like me, you'll see this movie, and you'll like it. If you're not like me, then F.U. This was the best movie of the year.
Which is about a stuttering kid who tries to find -- in no particular order -- his voice, love, himself. Triumph on all fronts would be too simple and, as we all know, Rocket Science isn't simple. But it is full of turns and, looking back on the movie a couple days later, while many of those turns surprise, none feel false, arbitrary or forced. It's a scary future out there, but at the end of Rocket Science, Hal (or, as his annoying but loyal big brother would prefer to call him, Penelope) has made an impressive start.
Funny and true, right down to three pieces of pizza at closing on a New Jersey boardwalk, this movie should not be missed.
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In an interview with Jeffrey Blitz, the writer/director of this film, we are told that this is an honest high-school, coming-of-age film - a rarity in the genre. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven Mason
One of my favorite movies...The copy was in great condition. I Love You Amazon!Published 17 months ago by AW
ROCKET SCIENCE was excellent, another obscure (to me anyway) movie that made my eyes water on multiple occasions. You have no idea what's going to happen until the very end. Read morePublished 24 months ago by mikeg
I really love this movie. It's quirky but not insufferably pretentious. It's just a great, simple script and a good use of a small budget.Published on January 30, 2014 by MissAP
I hate when I watch a movie set in high school and all the characters have thousand-dollar wardrobes, perfect makeup, clear skin, and the confidence of 30-year-olds. Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Haley Rose