The Perfect Score

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Not terrible, but this MTV teen movie falls flat.
  • PG-13
  • 2004
  • 98 minutes

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age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The characters band together to steal a test. Potty humor, drug humor, a teen pregnancy is played for laughs.


Tense situations and peril.


Sexual references, pregnant teen.


Some strong and crude language.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, smoking, drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and sexual references. Kids drink and smoke and use drugs, and there's a lot of drug humor. A teen pregnancy is also played for humor. The highly questionable morality of the basic premise is clumsily resolved.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMonera September 10, 2015

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byLightBoi36 April 1, 2021
Teen, 17 years old Written bynrd123 April 9, 2008

A Great Movie

Don't be scared off by the MTV label. This is a great movie and is not the normal MTV stuff. It is much more appropriate than most. The 14+ rating is perfe...
Teen, 15 years old Written byThehorrorflic April 9, 2008

Perfect plan but slips up

The movie was truly great though at certain points you really see that the funniest character in the movie does pot -- not good for anyone that doesn't kno... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE PERFECT SCORE is a Breakfast Club-like heist movie in which a diverse group of high school seniors, each with his or her own reasons, unite to steal the answers for the SATs. Each character has two characteristics, one superficial and one hidden. That gives us Kyle (Chris Evans), the generic leading man who needs to learn what his real priorities are; Francesca (Scarlett Johansson), the offbeat chick whose wisecracks mask her vulnerability; Anna (Erika Christensen), the straight-A princess who would like to be less perfect; Roy (Leonardo Nam), the stoner with unsuspected depth; Matty (Bryan Greenburg), the best friend to everyone who needs to be a better friend to himself; and Desmond, the star athlete who can't tell his mother that he wants to skip St. Johns College and turn pro (Darius Miles).

Is it any good?

The Perfect Score was produced by MTV, which may be why it feels more like a product created by a focus group than anything involving characters or story or a point of view. The characters even mention The Breakfast Club as slacker shorthand so that no one has to think too hard, screenwriters or audience.

The film is so slackly directed it might have been assembled by a focus group. Everything that someone thought might appeal to a teen audience is thrown into the mix. We get a little romance, a little angst, a little family pressure, a little (very little) low (very low) humor, a batch of MTV-friendly soundtrack tunes, and a lot of happily ever after. It's not a bad movie; it's just not a very good one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how each of the kids defines his or her future happiness. What is most important to them? Are they following their own dreams or just responding to the dreams or behavior of their parents?

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