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THE PERFECT SCORE

To his credit, director Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) once again has picked a project that allows him to slip some satire into an otherwise uninspired affair. In The Perfect Score, the evilness of the SAT exam (and, to an extent, standardized testing in general) is the target. Six high school kids from mostly different tables in the cafeteria find themselves all in the same boat: they need to quickly improve their SAT scores. Instead of doing what every moral student should do and coughing up the gazillion dollars to enroll at Kaplan, they decide to break into the test-makerís headquarters and steal the answers. Unfortunately, the movie is neither funny enough to work as comedy nor suspenseful enough to be a successful heist flick. And, most tragically, the attempts at pseudo-profundity didnít do much to get my latent teen-angst juice flowing. Yes, weíre supposed to believe that more important things than math and verbal skills are learned by these six teens ó a jock, a burnout, a goody two-shoes . . . holy shit, get John Hughesís lawyer on the phone! Scarlett Johansson and real-life NBA player Darius Miles are among the stars. (93 minutes.)


Issue Date: January 30 - February 5, 2004
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