Rocket Science


1h 38m 2007

Brief Synopsis

Life is not easy for teenager Hal Hefner of suburban Plainsboro, New Jersey. His parents have abruptly split; his older brother, Earl, is a budding obsessive-compulsive who pushes him around; and he has an unpredictable stutter that makes high school an exercise in embarrassment, self-effacement and

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Alex¿S Gourmet Catering; Cinelease, Inc.; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Encore Hollywood; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Entertainment Post; Negative People; Scarlet Letters; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
Picturehouse; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; HBO Home Video; Oro Film As; Picturehouse; Studiocanal UK
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

Synopsis

Life is not easy for teenager Hal Hefner of suburban Plainsboro, New Jersey. His parents have abruptly split; his older brother, Earl, is a budding obsessive-compulsive who pushes him around; and he has an unpredictable stutter that makes high school an exercise in embarrassment, self-effacement and terrible lunches. Given that his active mind and quick wit tend to be obscured by his problematic voice, Hal is not an obvious candidate for his school's high-powered debate team. So it comes as a complete, though not unwelcome, surprise when the team's star member, the hyper-articulate Ginny Ryerson, approaches Hal on the school bus one afternoon. The Plainsboro debaters need a replacement for Ginny's former partner, who dropped out of school following a calamitous performance at the New Jersey State High School Policy Debate Championships the previous spring. Ginny, who can compress an eight minute argument into ten seconds without breaking a sweat, dropping a word, or botching a barb, proceeds to present her case for Hal's potential as a public speaker. She has seen Hal, she has seen his promise. Hal is more than just shocked, or even dazed; he is smitten. As the notion of debating takes hold in Hal's mind, so, too, do thoughts of the attractive and dazzlingly confident Ginny. Gambling that his voice will cooperate with the rest of him, Hal joins the Plainsboro High debate team as Ginny's partner. Trundling back and forth to her house with his ever-growing pile of research, Hal starts to see new possibilities in his life. The road ahead holds many twists, turns and bumps for Hal; despite his best efforts, people and circumstances prove more unpredictable than any stutter. But Hal rises to the occasion, and in doing so he scores a victory that has nothing to do with winning a debate--and everything to do with finding his voice.

Crew

Roy Agee

Music

Daniel Aguilar

Film And Electronic Laboratory

Christian B Allen

Other

Julie Altus

Adr

Justin Ambrosino

Production Assistant

Lenny Applefeld

Electrician

Rick Ash

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Hank Atterbury

Special Effects Coordinator

Ian L. Axilrod

Loader

Burt Bacharach

Song

Richard W Baker

Apprentice

John Barber

Dolly Grip

Cori Barrett

Apprentice

Donna Barrett

Sound Department

Eef Barzelay

Song

Eef Barzelay

Music Producer

Eef Barzelay

Song Performer

Valerie Battenfeld

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Charles E Bauer

Driver

David Beach

Construction Coordinator

Denise A Beale

Production Coordinator

Ron Bedrosian

Adr Mixer

Jennie Bell

Charge Scenic Painter

Brian Bitner

Coach

Shawn Blake

Set Production Assistant

Jeff Blitz

Screenplay

Tim Blockburger

Assistant Director

Caren Bortz

Apprentice

Linda Boyland

Costumer

Ryan Braun

Storyboard Artist

Ryan Braun

Production

Jim Bridges

Photography

Susannah Bridges

Loader

Effie T. Brown

Unit Production Manager

Effie T. Brown

Producer

Peter A Brown

Supervising Sound Editor

Mark Brunner

Boom Operator

Cortney Burk

Accounting Assistant

Jane Burka

Script Supervisor

Kim Burns

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Niamh Butler

Art Department

Rick Butler

Production Designer

Jennifer M Byrne

Post-Production Accountant

Kevin Campbell

Electrician

John Cannon

Sound Department

Julio Carmona

Adr

Kevin E Carpenter

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Donna D Casey

Set Costumer

Frank Caslin

Best Boy Electric

Carl Catanese

Set Decorator

Matthew Caulk

Loader

Michael R. Chapman

Costume Supervisor

Vanessa Cheung

Matte Painter

Jean Chien

Production Supervisor

Dean Citroni

Best Boy Grip

Ardis Cohen

Hair Stylist

Nicole Columbie

Line Producer

Tim Cote

Grip

Richard Crandall

Charge Scenic Painter

Patrick Cyccone Jr.

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Nicholas D'agosto

Song Performer

Mack David

Song

F Dale Davis

Swing Gang

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

Joan Devilla

Accountant

Lori Dovi

Sound Department

Melissa Dunn

Production

Rebecca Durivage-jacobs

Apprentice

Phaedra Eason

Swing Gang

Stephanie Elmer

Accounting Assistant

Caprice Ericson

Location Scout

Ray Espinola

Music Supervisor

Amanda Faison

Set Production Assistant

Timothy Farrell

Sound Effects Editor

Michael R Faulkner

Location Manager

J L Fisher

Camera

Paul Flinchbaugh

Sound Department

Chris Flynn

Office Production Assistant

Stephanie Fox

Costumer

John Fulcher

Swing Gang

Jeffery Gafner

Casting Assistant

Gordon Gano

Song

David Garland

Song Performer

Chris Geair

Location Scout

Michael Gearhart

Best Boy Grip

Halina Gebarowicz

Art Director

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Susanna Glattly

Charge Scenic Painter

Julio Gomez

Electrician

Yana Gorskaya

Editor

Peter Gottlieb

Swing Gang

Vincent J. Guariglia

Driver

Candi Guterres

Production Designer

Stuart Hagen

Assistant Director

John Hamilton

Assistant Camera

Anthony Harrell

Music

Gene Harrison

Stunt Coordinator

Preston Hart

Electrician

Van A. Hayden

Assistant Director

Fiona Walsh Heinz

Production Assistant

Tim Hennessy

Loader

Nina Henninger

Casting

Chris Henry

Electrician

Ixya Herrera

Song Performer

Daniel A Hirsch

Driver

Chris Hogan

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Jon Howard

Film Lab

James Daniel Hubbard

Driver

Daniel Indart

Song

Ken Ishii

Sound Mixer

Vikki Jackson

Assistant

Gregory Jacobs

Driver

Alexander James

Assistant Director

Rolf Johansson

Grip

Amanda Johnson

Wardrobe Assistant

Jeffrey L Johnson

Medic

Autumn Jones

Charge Scenic Painter

Douglas Jones

Set Production Assistant

Mike Keelty

Gaffer

Wayne Kehs

Greensman

James Kelley

Foreman

Kristina Kilpe

Assistant Property Master

Janice Kinigopoulos

Hair Stylist

Evyen Klean

Music Producer

Evyen Klean

Music Supervisor

Jay Klein

Set Decorator

Krysten Klipa

Craft Service

Guy Klucevsek

Song Performer

Geoffrey D Knoller

Key Grip

Bill Knopf

Coach

F Mako Koiwai

Assistant Camera

Baqi Kopelman

Gaffer

Tim Kossa

Electrician

Michael Krebs

Assistant Camera

Cindy Kurland

Assistant Camera

Donna Kurtinecz

Props

Donna Kurtinecz

Animal Wrangler

Candace Leake

Office Production Assistant

Andre Lee

Coordinator

Matthew Lessall

Casting Director

Traci Lewis

Assistant Director

Wellington Love

Publicity

Nadia Lubbe

Casting Associate

Joan M Lynch

Costumer

Mary Mack

Craft Service

Nancy Macleod

Sound Effects Editor

Ellyn Long Marshall

Casting

Benjamin Martin

Music

Ernesto Martinez

Costume Designer

Jennifer Martinez

Assistant Editor

Frank R Matkins

Driver

Sam Matthews

Coach

Sam Matthews

Song Performer

Wendy Mcallister

Assistant Production Coordinator

Asa Mccall

Set Production Assistant

David Mcmoyler

Supervising Sound Editor

James Mcpherson

On-Set Dresser

Michael Mehesan

Music Editor

Michael Miller

Electrician

Thomas Milligan

Loader

Jonathan Moore

Grip

Pleze E. Moore

Production Assistant

James Moriana

Foley Artist

Sean Morris

Photography

Elena Moscatt

Craft Service

David Myers

Driver

Scott Nabat

Post-Production Supervisor

Sayaka Nagata

Production Assistant

Kenneth Nakada

Visual Effects Supervisor

Maria E. Nelson

Casting

Gregory Neumunz

On-Set Dresser

Sandra Ninham

Transportation Coordinator

Dawson Nolley

Art Department Coordinator

George Norfleet

Production Supervisor

Nancy Kyong Nugent

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Maureen O'connor

Visual Effects Producer

Michael O'leary

Best Boy Electric

John O'rourke

Assistant Director

Ngozi Olandu

Makeup Artist

Kurt Parlow

Assistant Camera

Joy Phillips

Production

Robert Phillips

Driver

Carolyn Pickman

Casting

Steve Porter

Colorist

Danny Powell

Other

Jeff Pullman

Boom Operator

Jennifer Quesenberry

Assistant Location Manager

Bobby Raber

Scenic Artist

Sal Raimond

Driver

Tony Raimondo

Transportation Co-Captain

Megann Ratzow

Casting

Lori Ayala Read

Costume Supervisor

Jennifer Reeve

Music Coordinator

Christopher Regan

Color Timer

Lynn Reinstein

Casting Associate

Emily Rice

Post-Production Accountant

Jennie Hill Robinson

Greensman

Jess Robinson

Grip

Dr. Tommy Robinson

Coach

Heather Rounds

Art Department

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Alex¿S Gourmet Catering; Cinelease, Inc.; Deluxe Entertainment Services Group; Encore Hollywood; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Entertainment Post; Negative People; Scarlet Letters; Todd-Ao
Distribution Company
Picturehouse; Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm; Entertainment One; Entertainment One Films Australia Pty, Ltd.; HBO Home Video; Oro Film As; Picturehouse; Studiocanal UK
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the award for Best Directing in Dramatic Film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.

Winner of the Cartier Revelation Prize at the 2007 Deauville Festival of American Cinema.

Released in United States Summer August 10, 2007

Released in United States on Video January 29, 2008

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States January 2007

Released in United States June 2007

Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) August 31-September 9, 2007.

Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (New Directors) April 26-May 10, 2007.

Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 8-16, 2007.

Released in United States Summer August 10, 2007 (NY, LA)

Released in United States on Video January 29, 2008

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Deauville Festival of American Cinema (Competition) August 31-September 9, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at San Francisco International Film Festival (New Directors) April 26-May 10, 2007.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Dramatic Competition) January 18-28, 2007.)

Released in United States June 2007 (Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Sure Bets) June 8-16, 2007.)