Rocket Science

2007 R 1h 41m DVD

Rocket Science

2007 R 1h 41m DVD
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When 15-year-old Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson) -- a New Jersey boy with a terrible stutter -- falls in love with the star of his high school debate squad (Anna Kendrick), he joins the team at his dream girl's urging and finds himself caught up in some intense competition. Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for this coming-of-age charmer, based in part on his own adolescence.
Reece Thompson, Dionne Audain, John Patrick Barry, Lisbeth Bartlett, Dan DeLuca, Anna Kendrick
Jeffrey Blitz
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky teen comedy is pretty mild for an R-rated film (think Rushmore rather than Superbad). It does include some language ("s--t," "ass," etc.), shots of teens kissing, a couple of conversations about sex, and one scene of the protagonist drinking, but for the most part it's a clever, unconventional teen flick that follows a misfit, stuttering guy who joins the school debate team.

Sexual Content

Teen couples kiss; Hal and Ginny make out in a janitor's closet; Hal hears his mom having sex with a neighbor; Hal and his brother discuss oral sex and "bases." Illustrations from the Kama Sutra are shown.


Hal gets pounded by his angry brother; Hal throws a cello through a window.


Several instances of "the finger" and uses of words including "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "retard," etc.

Social Behavior

A teen with a severe stutter joins the debate club and finds his voice. An overly competitive girl tries to sabotage a team's chances of winning.


Lincoln Town Car.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Hal drinks a bottle of hard liquor and then does stupid things while very drunk.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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