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 ›
It is centered around Hal Hefner--a sweet, shy kid with a speech impediment, whose parents are going through a divorce, has a bullying, kleptomaniac older brother, and who develops an obsessive crush on the smooth-talking head of the debate club. When she suggests he joins, he does, even though he can't even successfully order his lunch without stuttering.
I don't want to give any spoilers.
It's a smart, witty movie that is realistic and enjoyable. It is laugh-out-loud funny at times, and painfully sad at others. I, for one, am pleased to see a high school movie that is centered around a kid who is still learning his way, as opposed to the macho football player with the perfect life.
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.
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Great coming of age movie - enjoyed the writing and acting and production.
Will watch it with my grandson.
Quirky, original and worth the time just to hear the music and dialogue.Published 3 months ago by C. Cooley
I love this movie. It doesn't end like you'd think, or at least how I thought it would, which was refreshing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Liz
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 14 months ago by Steven Mason