Rocket Science (2007)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age, Teen Movie  |   Release Date - Aug 10, 2007 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Jeffrey Blitz's seriocomedy Rocket Science proves that many a handicap can be overcome, no matter how daunting the obstacle at hand may initially seem. Newcomer Reece Thompson plays Hal Hefner, a 15-year-old high-school student with a minor yet socially alienating (and painful) disability: he stutters uncontrollably. Determined to work through the problem, Hal opts for an extreme route -- he joins the school debating team, which sends him on a headfirst plunge into breakneck speech competitions -- and offers a much-needed boost toward correcting the problem. Blitz, like his onscreen alter ego, struggled with a stammer as a young man -- a disability he eventually surmounted -- which imparted him with a lifelong interest in speech and storytelling.

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competition, debate, forensics [debate], high-school, stutterer