The Perfect Score

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Produced by MTV Films, The Perfect Score is a teen crime comedy about a group of high school students who decide to steal the answers to the SAT exam. Kyle Chris Evans wants to be an architect, but his scores are too low to get into the school of his choice. Matty Bryan Greenberg is heartbroken when he is rejected from the school to which his girlfriend goes. Good girl Anna Erika Christensen is pressured by her parents to excel in academics and remain innocent. Desmond Darius Miles is a basketball player who ...
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Produced by MTV Films, The Perfect Score is a teen crime comedy about a group of high school students who decide to steal the answers to the SAT exam. Kyle Chris Evans wants to be an architect, but his scores are too low to get into the school of his choice. Matty Bryan Greenberg is heartbroken when he is rejected from the school to which his girlfriend goes. Good girl Anna Erika Christensen is pressured by her parents to excel in academics and remain innocent. Desmond Darius Miles is a basketball player who believes the SAT exam is racist. Rounding out the group is gutsy Francesca Scarlett Johansson and lonely Roy Leonardo Nam.
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Particularly with Oscar winners, breakout actors usually have to endure the release of that one final embarrassment they filmed prior to hitting the A-list. Fortunately for Scarlett Johansson, she could have done worse for the last film she shot before Lost in Translation punched her ticket. The Perfect Score is a cute enough little caper movie, in which a motley crew of teen types band together for the goal of getting into college and learning to be the best version of themselves. Although it's derivative in a lot of ways, at least The Perfect Score is aware of those ways -- at one point, Johansson's Francesca Curtis even describes them as having a Breakfast Club-style moment. Brian Robbins' film doesn't have the durability to define a generation like John Hughes' movies did, but it is a decent teen frame story with better than average character development. Without belaboring any particular character's baggage, the film touches on them all, providing sympathetic explanations for why each needs the answers to the SAT. The film also provides a pop culture outlet for the legitimate gripes famously leveled at the test over the years -- that it's racist and sexist, among others. Leonardo Nam's narration is at first annoying, but even this gets smoothed out over the course of the narrative, as his character becomes more three-dimensional than just the "Asian stoner guy." Also notable among the cast is NBA player Darius Miles, holding his own as a basketball star determined to get the scores necessary for college, even though he could probably go directly to the pros.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/14/2009
  • UPC: 032429065865
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Format: DVD

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Performance Credits
Erika Christensen Anna
Chris Evans Kyle
Bryan Greenberg Matty
Scarlett Johansson Francesca
Darius Miles Desmond
Leonardo Nam Roy
Tyra Ferrell Desmond's Mother
Matthew Lillard Larry
Vanessa Angel Attractive Woman
Bill Mackenzie Lobby Guard
Kyle Labine Dave
Technical Credits
Brian Robbins Director, Producer
Ned Bastille Editor
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
David Husby Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Hyman Original Story
Donald J. Lee Jr. Executive Producer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Clark Mathis Cinematographer
John Murphy Score Composer
Michele Panelli-Venetis Asst. Director
Jennifer Pyken Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Schwahn Screenwriter
Sharla Sumpter Co-producer
Sandi Tanaka Art Director
Mike Tollin Producer
Melissa Toth Costumes/Costume Designer
Madonna Wade-Reed Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Zack Original Story
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. You're Just Average
2. Misery Loves Company
3. Desperate Times
4. Victimless Crime
5. We're in It Now
6. We're Screwed
7. Wine Tasting Tuesday
8. The Plan
9. Ride the Buzz
10. All Clear
11. Cracking the Code
12. This One's on Matty
13. Moment of Clarity
14. Standardize This
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: Fran├žais
      Audio Options: Commentary by Director Brian Robbins and Screenwriter Mark Schwahn
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Brian Robbins and Screenwriter Mark Schwahn
      Making the Perfect Score
      Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Pretty good not just "teen" movie

    I am usually rather unimpressed with MTV movies, and I almost never even make it through the whole thing. This however I enjoyed. There are characters from many walks of life so finding someone you relate to is simple, which I think is pretty important with movies. It has plenty of humor, action, excitement, and even a little romance without overdoing it. Overall it is one of my favorite movies. The real sign that it is a good "everyone" movie is that my incredibly picky mother also loves it. We even had the two same favorite characters, Roy and Francesca.

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