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THE MOVIE: The Perfect Score

Scarlett Johansson • Chris Evans • Bryan Greenberg
• Erika Christensen • Leonardo Nam
DIRECTOR: Brian Robbins

(Left to right)  Scarlett Johansson as Francesca, Chris Evans as Kyle and Bryan Greenberg as Matty in “The Perfect Score.” THE CONCEPT:
A group of high school students scheme to steal the answers to the SAT test in order to pass it.

U.S. RELEASE: January 30 2004, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13


“The idea of exploring [a teenage] world through the SAT test was interesting, but more than that, it really reminded me of the films that made me do what I do now – those early 1980’s John Hughes films. It had that smart take on these characters, where you take a group of high school characters, but underneath it there is a lot of stuff going on.”

“One of the questions [the film] asks is how can a test grade a person’s determination? I mean, a bad score on the SAT can actually overshadow someone’s drive. And besides the SAT question, the film brings up the issue of transitioning from a child to an adult, and learning to be true to yourself.”

“I didn’t take the SATs. I was working as an actress, and it just didn’t seem to be so relevant in my life, but it’s extremely relevant to some people. I want to take it now, I’m really curious to see how I do on it.”

“I think the thing that I have in common with Kyle is that we both knew what we wanted at an early age. He’s by far more academic than I was, a little more ambitious as far as schooling is concerned.”

“The first person I cast was Scarlett. I asked her which character she wanted to play. She said, ‘In Hollywood, they would probably cast me as Anna, but the truth is I’m more of a Francesca.’ After spending a couple of hours with her, she was absolutely right. She’s very edgy, smart - she’s like seventeen going on seventy. She’s an old soul.”

“The script was one of the first I’ve read about teenagers in which the lingo, the situation and the relationships between the kids is authentic and not some middle-aged person’s version of what’s supposed to be cool. At the time I read it, I was 17, so I was looking at it through a 17-year-old’s eyes, and it seemed very real to me.”

“I got an 1180 on my SAT, but the SAT process for me was not nearly as stressful, it actually didn’t matter to me at all, because at that point I knew I wanted to act, so I didn’t have the pressure-ridden time that most kids do.”

“I did cheat on one spelling test. I didn’t know how to spell ‘period’ and I glanced over to someone else’s paper to see.”

“Scarlett left the day after we’d finished to go make Lost in Translation. She was like, ‘I’m going to Japan to do a film with Bill Murray.’ I was like, ‘That sounds really weird.’ She was scared, because she knew Bill was tough. I thought she was really amazing, she impressed the hell out of me and surprised me.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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