The Perfect Score

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Not terrible, but this MTV teen movie falls flat.

PG-13 2004 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 16+


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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

Not as Bad As One Thinks

The plot isn't as superficial as other teen movies (Or adult ones for that matter). Yes, there is a character involved with drugs and they are cheating and breaking into a building. However, thinking kids will literally follow that example is taking it too far. There are other subtleties in the movie that go deeper than the teen mischief aspect. For example, all of the characters want a better future but feel trapped. Matty feels worthless without his girlfriend, Anna feels too much pressure being such a high achiever, Desemond doesn't want to go to the school his mother insists on and Roy, the one who takes drugs has hidden intelligence behind his addiction. Also, Francesca feels neglected by her father who owns the building they broke into. Each character brings deep questions such as "Is it healthy for Matty to base his worth off his girlfriend?" "Should Anna confide her feelings about being pressured?" "Does Roy have intelligence in him his addiction hides?" for example. Also, in the end, they don't end up cheating and take the test on their own merit. The movie overall has insightful themes to think about.

This title has:

Great messages

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