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Rocket Science review

Rocket Science
15certificate 15
Running time: 101 minutes
Starring: Reece Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Aaron Yoo, Vincent Piazza
Rating 5 out of 10
Director Jeffrey Blitz follows up his highly successful documentary Spellbound with another tale of American school students trying to triumph against the odds. This time round however, the story is fictional and set in the world of inter-school debating.

By any standards, this is a milieu where having wits and a sharp tongue is very much a prerequisite. There is no time for pausing for effect as the real skill of such debating comes in launching machine gun-style homilies on the given subject. Not the most likely world for young Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson) to participate in, given that he has a stammer that makes him avoid speaking in public as much as possible.

But when the reigning queen of his school's debating team - an acidly confident performance by Anna Kendrick - makes the unusual decison to pick him as her teammmate, Hal is both smitten and too weak to refuse. Ginny (Kendrick) cajoles Hal with all of her smart charms until it seems that she has turned him from embarrassment into winner.

An array of sideplots see Hal's troubled parents constantly squabbling, a new pseudo-stepfather arriving and Ginny's inability to quite leave her former debating partner behind. It's a mix of comedy and drama that entertains but also jumps around a little bit too much for its own good.

The film does serve as a showcase for two up and coming stars however in the guise of Thompson and Kendrick. It's no surprise that both have been snapped up for a number of roles, especially Kendrick who will appear alongside Ben Stiller in his upcoming comedy The Marc Pease experience.

Paul Hurley

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