Sunday, March 1, 2009

Rocket Science

Well, it's been a busy few days: Traveled to Florida for two days to visit my grandma, saw my school's production of Beauty and the Beast, ate Cuban food for the first time...

Anyway: On the way home, I watched a film called Rocket Science. It's not in theaters, and it's not particularly well-known, although it did win an award at teh 2007 Sundance Film Festival. But it is a film that I think you should try to watch, if you can find it.

Rocket Science chronicles the life of Hal Hefner, a teenager with a pronounced stutter that limits virtually everything he does and says. It is not a traditional film - not a love story, not a big plot or goal that anyone is striving for. It involves a girl, the quick-witted and biting Ginny Ryerson, but it is not a traditional romance.

Rocket Science is called a comedy-drama, in that there are quite a few awkward situations that could make you laugh. My personal favorite involves a drunken Hal heaving a fullsized cello through a window.

But really, Rocket Science is about coming of age, and finding your place in the world. Hal is an outsider, unable to really find his niche, or even make any sense of the world around him. In that sense, this is one of the more realistic films you'll see - a real character struggling just to find his place, and not necessarily with a fairytale ending, either.

Go see Rocket Science. It's well worth it.


JaeminK said...

Hmm.. sounds interesting! Perhaps I will look for it thru torrents today.

Jon said...

I suggest Mininova. That's where I found it, I think.