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The Perfect Score Review

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by Phil Hinton Jun 1, 2004 at 12:00 AM

    The Perfect Score Review
    You need to improve your SAT test scores if you want to get into the college of your choice, so what do you do if your scores are terrible and the retest is only a week away? Well why don't you break into the company who makes the tests and steal the answers. And that is the entire plot of “The Perfect score,” a teen movie which tries, and fails, to capture the fun and laughter of the great 80's movies like the Breakfast club and Ferris Buller's day off.

    Kyle (Chris Evans - no not the ginger one) is the leader of the pack who has to get into college with a 1340 score, Matty (Bryan Greenberg) needs a better score to try and get into the same school as his girlfriend. Anna (Erika Christensen) is a brilliant student who freezes during tests; she needs to get into Brown. Desmond (Darius Miles) is the star basketball player heading for the NBA, but only if he gets the right scores. Roy (Leonardo Nam) is a slacker with tons of ability, but he would rather smoke pot and play video games and Francesca (Scarlett Johansson) is the rich kid who just wants to be loved, and her dad owns the company building which might help matters. The plot tries hard to please but the heist scenes are dull and the humour is painfully unfunny, I only grinned once throughout the entire movie and I am usually easily pleased. The energy and action are just not there, and the actors look bored and uninterested in their plight, the ending is also sweetness and light, someone pass the sick bag please.

    As you can tell I would probably enjoy paint drying more than I enjoyed this attempt at teen comedy, the film did have some promise and started out with good intensions, but it appears to have left those behind as we get into the second act. If you must see this then wait for the rental, otherwise save your money.