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Overall Rating
1.98

Awesome: 16.67%
Worth A Look: 4.55%
Average: 1.52%
Pretty Bad: 15.15%
Total Crap62.12%

6 reviews, 30 user ratings


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Perfect Score, The
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by Scott Weinberg

"Absolutely, if by 'score' you mean 'example of mindless drivel'."
1 stars

Look, if a movie casts Matthew Lillard as the "voice of reason" character...you just know something's wrong.

A movie with zero laughs and just enough forward momentum to finish 2/3 of a story before completely doubling back with a stunning display of hypocrisy, The Perfect Score might not be the worst High School comedy ever made...but that's probably because there have been about 5,650 High School comedies in the past twenty years. Most of 'em bad.

This one so desperately wants to be liked and remembered and held in Breakfast Club-like esteem that the characters often take to mentioning the film as a reference. To which a student of High School Flicks would logically respond...

Gimme a break.

The Breakfast Club is a sincere and bittersweet comedy about the high school caste system, and how it sometimes permeates our beings and creates the adult we'll soon become.

The Perfect Score is about morons who don't want to study and therefore hatch a scheme to steal the SAT test from a local facility.

The only similarity between the two movies is that they're both about teenagers. Oh, and the word "the" in the title.

We got a thoroughly obnoxious pothead, a student athlete desparate for his scholarship, a Damm-the-Man Angry Girl who wants to cause anarchy, a sweet girl-next-door who just needs a step up, and two bland vanilla guys who orchestrate the thing. Each character has words that come out of their head-holes, but for the life of me all I can remember is "Wheedle, whine. Tests are racially biased. It's not fair. Let's steal the answers and then give faux-sincere reasons as to why we deserve to."

Were it not for the recent "Hollywood Arrival" of one Scarlett Johansson (thanks to her work in Lost in Translation and Girl With a Pearl Earring), The Perfect Score would probably still be holding down that dusty old shelf in the Paramount Pictures - Do Not Release office. Aside from Scarlett, there's not one acting performance in evidence that ranks above plain old bad, although professional basketball player Darius Miles does his best to stand out with his onscreen ineptitude. After that comes that wholly atrocious and sadly dated Stoner Guy character; his every appearance in the movie feels as if it's accompanied by broken fingernails on a filthy blackboard.

Yet another assembly-line piece of Youth Market Mediocrity from the fine product merchants at MTV Films.

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User Comments

1/14/10 MR.dday38 hilarious, if you think other wise then you either a goodie 2 shoes or just plan stupid 5 stars
1/15/09 Shaun Wallner This movie was stupid! 1 stars
9/03/07 ben this movie was slightly worse than all the vomit scenes in every movie ever made 1 stars
7/04/07 Jayme I love this movie anyone who says other wise kiss my ass 5 stars
1/23/06 Heather Purplethorne Erika Christensen in danger of becoming typecast as high-achieving but rebellious student. 4 stars
9/03/05 nixon afroman!!! 2 stars
10/14/04 lewis if I could rate this shitstain of a film at zero stars I would still overate it- CRAP!!! 1 stars
9/20/04 P!nKL@dY This movie was awesome,it had the funniest parts, it had a good plot and good characters. 5 stars
9/12/04 kaitlin this movie does rock, scarlett johansson rox as my favorite actress, and chris, u suck. 5 stars
8/14/04 Chris this movie sucked!! the actors can't act. 1 stars
5/20/04 Blakers a great film 5 stars
5/02/04 movierater i love you mike!!! 5 stars
5/01/04 susan lee could have been better, rent breakfast club instead 3 stars
4/13/04 Rachel it was not very good, it was boring, the end was ok 2 stars
3/23/04 Heather Purplethorne Erika Christensen in danger of becoming typecast as high-achieving but rebellious student. 4 stars
3/16/04 alex not funny. horrible attempt for a teen movie. SAT aint all that important anyway 2 stars
3/03/04 A F Feel good coming of age movie. Scarlett makes me feel good, wink wink. Sugar coated crap. 2 stars
2/29/04 actionjackson2099 sucks!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
2/18/04 amanda roy was funny? he is the worst actor ever! 1 stars
2/18/04 mitchell its a piece of shit 1 stars
2/17/04 Emily Its kinda fucked up... but some parts are okay 4 stars
2/16/04 atanu "nyah nyah so funny.." are you fucking morons?? 1 stars
2/13/04 mike hunt this movie was the funniest-especially roy 5 stars
2/09/04 me~ !!~ ta movies was great! @ ~!~! roy was ta FUNNIEST !~ 5 stars
2/09/04 Jasmin it was tight, roy was hilarious 5 stars
2/08/04 luke IT WAS SO FUNNY !!!!!! 5 stars
2/07/04 Brian yup...crap... 1 stars
2/04/04 derek sweet 5 stars
2/03/04 chrys Is there any need to explain why this sucks? 1 stars
1/31/04 chrys the movie stinks. as eric says, stop whining morons, and go and study some. 1 stars
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USA
  30-Jan-2004 (PG-13)
  DVD: 29-Jun-2004

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Australia
  29-Apr-2004 (M)




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