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