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Though Rocket Science appears to be a typically quirky indie, the well-rounded performances and director Jeffrey Blitz's clear affection for his characters gives the film its proper human spark.
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Here's a twist -- an American high-school movie that has a brain.
Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz brings wit and pathos to the story of a compulsive stutterer.
It isn't funny; it isn't touching; there's a screamingly annoying and supercilious voiceover-narration, and all its dramatic ideas are bafflingly unfinished and unresolved.
There's a lovely, fragile movie here; if only Blitz had had the faith to let it stand on its own two feet.
Blitz continues to make a case for himself as a filmmaker with rich, realistic stories to tell.
The most complicated and original teenage characters we've seen in a movie in a very long time.
Well worth the wait, Rocket Science is a winning coming of age comedy with a difference.
It's intelligent, it doesn't go for the emotional jugular, it has an honesty about it that's refreshing.
Each character has his or her own lovable peculiarity--from the friend's parents who play Violent Femmes duets on the cello to the speech therapist who gives too many details about his personal life--small details that don't threaten to overshadow Hal's s
This indie-minded effort suggests a filmmaker too enamored by his influences and struggling to establish a cogent vision of his own.
Please, enough with Napoleon Dynamite Syndrome already.
Rocket Science is a story smothered by its own eccentricities.
I spent the vast majority of this movie trying to decide whether, or not, I liked it. The characters were definitely interesting, but overall I don't think that this film hit on the point that it was trying to make. Not a bad movie, just not that special.
A stutterer joins his high school debate team at the behest of a woman with whom he quickly falls in love.
Anna Kendrick, whose performance in Up in the Air showed her to be a strong if somewhat stilted actress, is nearly perfect as the debater/femme fatale in this quirky independent dramedy. And though Reece Daniel Thompson doesn't achieve a Colin Firth level of tortured stuttering, he is nonetheless compelling.
There are also some really funny and touching moments. I particularly laughed out loud at "There's now a cello in your house."
However, the narration is overbearing. There is a constant musical score dominated by quickly strummed guitar chords that make me think these were added because they're required in independent films, not because the score accentuated the storytelling. Finally, there were several moments of over-editing. Contrast Rocket Science with A King's Speech, in which the camera stayed fixed on the King as he tried to spit out his words; in Rocket Science there are needless cross cuts to reaction shots that show little reaction.
Overall, like many independent films, Rocket Science is one to watch for the performances and occasionally clever script, not for its direction.
I had high hopes for this one, (and even bought the damn thing before seeing it based on a good review. Grrr). Didn't do a lot for me at all. It was kind of dull and didn't find the main character particularly interesting. Disappointing.
I am a total, total sucker for these types of movies. With that in mind, I suppose it is a bit biased to say that I loved absolutely everything about this movie. It is just perfect, the script, presentation, story, everything. I really like the fact that Hal is by no means the only messed up character. Everybody is broken. It is just that his 'problem' is so visible, sets him up as an outsider. I also love the ending, and lack there of. The film ends when Hal is ready to move on. It is his own choice and realization, not the result of a big win or intense compatition. Love the soundtrack, it fitted the tone nicely. The core of the film is not wholly original. There are some basic concepts every coming of age tale needs. But overall, it seemed really fresh, it has a unique perspective and is not afraid of being light and playful. I really have no complaints or degrations to give. All around, it is maybe not rocket science, but a sweet, charming, heatbreaking film from begining to end.
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