The Perfect Score (2004) Dir. Brian Robbins Writ. Marc Hyman, Jon Zack Stars: Chris Evans, Erika Christensen, Scarlett Johansson Rated PG-13 93 mins. Comedy, Teen IMDB: 5.6
This movie is amusing in the current day because I remember loving this movie when it came out, and then I recently watched it recently and just kept imagining Captain America and Black Widow as friends when they were teenagers. It’s really funny.
The Perfect Score is about a boy named Kyle whose lifelong dream is to go to Cornell and become an architect, but he can’t make a good enough grade on the SAT. He ends up gathering a motley crew of fellow students who need better scores (and a couple of people who fall into the mix accidentally) to go break in to the place where the SAT answers are kept to steal them and cheat on the SAT.
I really liked this movie. I mean yeah, the idea of breaking in to steal the answers to the SAD is kind of morally not cool, but it’s like any heist movie. It’s like a teen version of Oceans Eleven, only way funnier. Also, it touches on the very real level of anxiety kids are put under to choose how their whole life is going to turn out at such a young age. It’s way too much pressure heaped on a kid in high school to expect them to all fall in line, do well on a standardized test (key word being ‘standard’, as in ‘everybody is held to the same expectations regardless of their differences’), get into a college that has very high expectations before they’ll accept anybody, and choose what they plan to do with their entire future based on what they decide all when they’re still children.
It’s a hilarious movie with a pretty real message that shows the different situations faced by a diverse group of kids. All in all, it’s definitely a good movie.
My Rating: 7/10