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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 Laura Kyle

"It's like a dumb SPY KIDS."
1 stars

I am guessing the three screenwriters of THE PERFECT SCORE did not do well on the SAT, because their movie about the test is not just embittered, but stupid.

The Perfect Score is dripping with MTV style lessons like: looks can be deceiving, drugs are bad, and don't cheat on the SAT, even though it is racist and represents everything wrong with education and society. Nice try, MTV, or more specifically director Brian Robbins. Stick to the television shows you make Mr. Robbins (What I Like About You, The Days), where gigantic plot holes and over-the-top acting is acceptable.

Plot: kids are mad about how the SAT is a "suck ass test," so they decide to band together and undermine the system.

To explain the plan of how high school students (looking about twenty-five or so) unite to steal the questions to the SAT, would be quite laborious, because I am not really aware of the logic the conspiring students held. Motivation: clear. Means: hmm... pretending to be mail boys to infiltrate the ETS building? Distracting a security guard with flowers from a secret admirer?

With the exception of the consistently enjoyable Scarlett Johansson, the rest of Score's young cast is laughable at best, probably due to writing and direction more than to a lack of talent. While Leonardo Nam, playing a sex-obsessed pothead, gets some laughs, he falls seriously victim to the "it will be funny if I make lots of exaggerated faces and talk in an artificial surfer dude dialect" syndrome that is so commonly found in a lot of the characters of today's teen comedies. Did I mention that other than being a big Mary Jane fan, he also seems to be the wisest and most aware of the group... haven't we seen this before? So MTV: are drugs funny or are they bad?

There is a superficial attempt to show diversified youth in the picture, and not conform to showcasing good-looking white leads and stereotypes, but that is essentially what Score does. You have your typical pretty white girl over-achiever, your all American white boy, your black "I want to be in the NBA" goodhearted dude, your crazy Asian dude providing comic relief in the background (reminiscent of Sixteen Candles... it was okay then, but a second time around? No thanks!), your wild rebel girl, and your cute guy.

The poorly developed and ultimately dull characters have to carry out a predictable, yet 100% implausible, storyline, and in the meantime get across some very annoyingly overstated themes. They enter and exit the film in an obviously scripted and staged manner, operating under this mechanical focus of Robbins, void of any art, charm, or intelligence. How dare this movie be compared to The Breakfast Club and Ocean's Eleven!

Much like the cheaters the film depicts, the creators behind THE PERFECT SCORE managed to avoid any ounce of originality, and they should be punished for plagiarizing a bundle of movies. Seeing as how the movie didn't make the grade, though, who really cares?

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originally posted: 08/27/04 15:27:36
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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
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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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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