Rocket Science (2007)

Dir. Jeffery Blitz

The main thing I have to say about this films is that this is one Mitchell could really love. I’d be surprised if he disliked this film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gave this film a 9. Penny, Grace and Chris would probably would like this, too. I’m not so sure about the others. I wanted to see this film because of the review at NPR, but the film just didn’t work for me.

The film is about a boy with a stuttering problem who gets asked to join the debate team. The thing is an older, and pretty female student is the one that wants him to join. The comes from a dysfunctional family–divorced mom who has hooked up with the a neighbor and the typical jerk for an older brother. The film is one of those independent teen comedy-dramas like Juno.

What interested me in the film is that remark that while the film had a cliched situation, it managed to avoid typical moves. Yes, that’s turned about to be true, but with little effect. The main problem for me was that the lead character just did not interest me. I just did not connect, buy or feel for the main character. I don’t know what it was. He was not really likeable for some reason. The many painfully embarassing or heartbreaking situations, just didn’t work for me as a result. Also, for some reason, I didn’t find the movie very funny. Maybe the characters and situations seemed so cliched–the kooky boyfriend of the mother; the bullying brother. I don’t know.

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