Stars: * 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for language and mild sexuality
Run Time: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Winter quarter signals the beginning of crackdown for high school juniors, a time to get serious about studies and prep for that painful bastion of standardized testing, the SAT. My second child is in the throes of that dastardly demon of a college qualifier, and it’s no picnic.
Both of my jobs come into play on this one. As a parent and a critic I can spot a classic underachiever a mile off.
Evans) is finishing out high school with big dreams of attending
recover his footing, Kyle enlists the help of a handful of fellow students in
equally sticky situations. Anna (Erika
Christensen), the class success story who freezes during standardized tests,
best friend Matty (Bryan Greenberg), determined to join his girlfriend at
for the ride is superstar hoopster Desmond (Darius Miles), who needs to score
over 900 to be accepted to
Desperate times call for desperate measures, thus teen angst segues into teen heist. The plucky group is going for the gold, by breaking into the ETS offices and stealing test answers for the SAT. The significance reeks of desperation born of hypocrisy: “To hell with them if they want to put a number on my dream!”
I say to
hell with them for letting me take a bullet in the name of teen entertainment. Score’s most glaring flaw is that
it lacks originality.
Performances are wooden and self-conscious, in particular those of Miles (awkward) and Christensen (deer-in-the-headlights). A cute and effective fantasy sequence flash-forwards to college dreams, but it’s gone as quick as you can say “Loser”.