The Perfect Score

Synopsis: Six teenagers from diverse backgrounds - among them the school's star basketball player - conspire to break into a SAT testing center to steal the answers in hope of acing their exam. They ultimately realize that the answer to their problems and the key to their happiness may not lie in achieving a perfect score.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Brian Robbins
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Suck Ass Test.

That's what that stands for.

This is the SAT I examination.

For the first section,

you have 30 minutes.

Last year, 2 million kids

took the Suck Ass Test

in order to get into college.

Scores range from 500, you're going

to community college, riding a bus,

to 1 600, you're Ivy League,

driving a Porsche.

It's a standardized test.

Standardized, meaning

they see us all the same.

A kid...

... is a kid...

... is a kid!

Take this kid, for instance.


He's a good guy, who knows

where he wants to go in life.

But for now, the SAT is standing

in the way of Kyle's dream.

It's telling him, "You're just..."


Then there's Anna,

the overachiever. You know the type.

A future Ph.D. with a nice A-S-S.

Good deeds, good grades.

But the SAT doesn't care about that.

You could be the class brain,

a kid in the middle

or dumb as a post.

When you walk into this room,

it's not about who you are.

The SAT is about who you'll be.

Well, I've seen worse.

I need a 1430.

I've applied to Cornell.

And what are your fallback schools?

I don't have any.

That's kind of risky, isn't it?

I mean, I'm looking at your file here,

and while your GPA is strong,

your PSAT score wasn't so great.

Don't you think that 1430 is...?

Is a little bit...?

When I was 7, I built

a log cabin out of Popsicle sticks.

You can go in the halls, and five out

of six kids are not gonna have a clue

what they wanna do

the rest of their lives.

But Mr. Dooling...I've known

since I was 7.

I want to be an architect.

As soon as I was

old enough to realize

there's one school that turns out

the greatest architects of our time,

I've wanted to go there.

Cornell University.


You know the guy

who designed our bus barn?

He attended a community college

just down the street.

Dooling said you couldn't do it?

That's Matty, Kyle's right-hand man.

They say misery loves company.

Well, it really loves Matty.

Dooling said the standardized

testing says I can't do it.

You're down to a 1 020?

Jesus, that's almost

as bad as me, man.

- What'd you tell your parents?

- What do you think?

We've never been so proud, son.

It's good. Look it.

Hundred and forty-three.

That's what I scored.

Remember, Mom?

Well, look at the positives.

At least one of us is going to college.

Hello, Maryland.

Matty's girlfriend, Sandy,

is a freshman at Maryland.

And he was now moments away

from hooking up with her in the fall.

Open the letter, Matty.

Yeah, you're right.

Why should the fact that you're

screwed ruin my big day, huh?

Oh, shit!

"SAT score insufficient."

This shit ain't fair!

Sandy's gonna be crushed.

You even know

what SAT stands for?

Suck Ass Test?

Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Then they got rid of that altogether.

You know what it stands for now?



SAT stands for SAT. That's it.

- That's fucked up.

- Yeah, I know.

Sever All Ties, SAT.

I may as well

sever all ties with Sandy.

There must be somebody

we can talk to.

There's no one we can talk to?

Do you know how many kids wanna

go up and complain about their SATs?

I mean, if one goes up, they all go up.

What about her?

Unless your father owns the building...

- So we'll take the test again.

- Retest is in two weeks.

There's no time to get ready.

And even if there was,

what's gonna change?

I better call Sandy.

She's gonna love this.

Yeah, Sandy's room.

Some guy answered.

Roommate's boyfriend.

He said, "Sandy's room."

- So?

- So her roommate's Pam.

He'd say, "Pam's room",

not "Sandy's room."

- Pam's room! Pam!

- All right. All right, Matty.

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Mark Schwahn

Mark Schwahn (born July 5, 1966) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. He is best known as creator, head writer and executive producer of the WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill. more…

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