Rocket Science (DVD)
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Picturehouse and HBO Films present a story about Hal Hefner, an ordinary, shy 15 year-old boy who's struggling to make it through High School. On top of his parents' recent divorce and an obsessive- compulsive, kleptomaniac older brother, Hal has a stuttering problem. In spite of this speech impediment, the high school debate team star, Ginny Ryerson, invites Hal to join the team. Stumbling his way to the championship, Hal falls in love, gains confidence and ultimately, realizes that love and life should not be rocket science.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.53 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Jeffrey Blitz
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 41 minutes
- Release date : January 29, 2008
- Actors : Reece Daniel Thompson, Anna Kendrick, Nicholas D'Agosto, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Candace Scholz
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : HBO Studios
- ASIN : B000YEROYC
- Number of discs : 1
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What I enjoyed about the movie is that the director is not focusing entirely on the stuttering of Hal; he's a young kid with other problems that everyday teens face including falling for the cold-hearted Ginny.
I would like to have seen the Ginny character stay at the same school for the duration of the movie; however, the ending is quite funny and Hal gets his point across to Ginny at the end in a not so flattering way.
In fact, I stumbled across this DVD set on the CG website, then later saw it on Amazon for $17.99. I wasn't sure if there would be anything here that I hadn't seen or read before but the price was right so I gave it a shot, and I'm glad I did. I haven't watched the whole thing yet but I've already learned some things I didn't know about before, like the mass influx of Canadian engineers and the inflatable wing proposal for Gemini landings. If you're looking for a good "starter set" for learning about the space race days of the 60's, look no further. Highly recommended.
Man's quest for space is examined in a series of programs starting out with wide eyed visionaries like Robert Goddard and progressing through the Air Force's X-Plane program of the 50s. Those are well done and interesting and then it just gets better. Subsequent volumes look at the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo prgrams. Each episode is a delight.
Not only are the pilots and astronauts present to take part in the series, many of the support staff lend their experiences as well. This includes the engineers who made the program happen and even the odd politician or two. Not only are we given the facts of the program, we get a feel for the excitement of the era as well.
I love the space program and have seen many programs. None is as good as this one.
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The film is quirky and interesting but it's greatest asset is that it doesn't conform to Hollywood movies.
Though funny the film is very realistic, perhaps from a pessimistic perspective, but realistic none the less.
The characters are all very believeable and the plot isn't the traditional hollywood one where things always magically go right for the main character just in the nick of time. The film has been reviewed as a bit depressing but I would say its realistic.
A great example of a bitter-sweet film, fans of Wes Anderson will love it.
The film feels like it was written and directed by someone who had total control and was not forced to make changes in order to please the average audience and give them what they expect. It's rare ability to not conform to the standards of hollywood is what makes it so emotionally engaging as it never once feels false.
I know I am repeating myself but it makes films like Juno and Little Miss Sunshine (both amazing indie films) feel mainstream.
The actors are all great and Anna Kendrick who went on to be great in Up In The Air shows that she had the gift from a young age.
Different, real and heart warming. Although perhaps depressing in places it makes all the little happy moments pull at your heart strings even more.