The Perfect Score

January 30th, 2004


The Perfect Score

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Six high school seniors decide to break into the Princeton Testing Center so they can steal the answers to their upcoming SAT tests and all get perfect scores.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 5.4/10 (11,034 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Brian Robbins

Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Erika Christensen, Chris Evans

Six teenagers from diverse backgrounds - among them the school's star basketball player - conspire to break into a SAT testing center to steal the answers in hope of acing their exam. They ultimately realize that the answer to their problems and the key to their happiness may not lie in achieving a perfect score.

Writers: Marc Hyman, Jon Zack

Chris Evans - Kyle
Bryan Greenberg - Matty Matthews
Scarlett Johansson - Francesca Curtis
Leonardo Nam - Roy
Erika Christensen - Anna Ross
Darius Miles - Desmond Rhodes
Tyra Ferrell - Desmond's Mother
Matthew Lillard - Larry
Vanessa Angel - Anita Donlee
Bill Mackenzie - Lobby Guard
Dan Zukovic - Mr. G
Iris Quinn - Kyle's Mother
Lorena Gale - Proctor
Patricia Idlette - Receptionist
Lynda Boyd - Anna's Mother

Taglines: The S.A.T is hard to take. It's even harder to steal.


Official Website: Paramount Pictures |

Release Date: 30 January 2004

Filming Locations: Chemistry Building, University of British Columbia, Robson Square Campus - 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Opening Weekend: $4,873,819 (USA) (1 February 2004) (2208 Screens)

Gross: $10,387,706 (USA) (28 March 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Mike Jarvis plays himself as the head basketball coach at St. Johns University. By the time the movie was released he had been fired as the university's head.

Continuity: When Roy first climbs up the tree you can visibly see he is wearing bright blue boxers. When he is being pulled out of the building during the escape you can clearly see he is wearing white ones.

Desmond's Mother: You're a smart boy, Roy, but there's a lot of dumb dribbling out of your mouth right now.

User Review

Mild, entertaining distraction

Rating: 6/10

There's lots of clichés and stereotypes to endure when watching a high school movie. For the most of it, The Perfect Score manages to avoid most of these clichés though the characters are a bit stereotypical. There's the brainy kid, the rebel, the stoner, the loser, the jock and the good guy. Hardly a breathtaking assortment of originals eh?

But their plan to steal the SAT scores and their interaction together are what make this movie worthwhile. The unimaginative marketing for this movie claims it to be Ocean's 11 meets The Breakfast Club. But the actors are carrying the movie, doing the best they can with weak material, rather than the 'wild' premise.

I especially liked Roy, the stoner and narrator as he got the most back story and had more a character arc than the rest of them. And it was pleasant to have the lovely, oh-so-cute Erika Christensen though I'm not too fussed about Scarlett Johansen (she looks like a teenage version of my mother!). A non-Shaggy, but still manic, Matthew Lillard has a small role as a concerned big brother.

You'll not remember it 5 minutes after the credits role but for a non-threatening, easy-going movie The Perfect Score fits nicely. You could do a helluva lot worse. And what else do you expect from an MTV movie?

The DVD is in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen with lackluster Dolby 5.1, though to be fair it mostly a dialogue-driven movie. There are a bunch of fluff features for those who care.


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