The Perfect Score
The Standard Aptitude Test (SAT), bane of many a high-school senior, becomes an unassailable barrier to the college dreams of four aspiring young people in this comedy. A poor score on Kyle’s (Chris Evans) SAT halts his plan to study architecture at Cornell. Talented enough to play pro basketball straight out of high school, Desmond (Darius Miles) wants to get an education first, but sadly his SAT score is too low. Matty (Bryan Greenberg) wishes to go to Maryland and win back his girlfriend, but he can’t score high enough on the SAT to be admitted. And Anna (Erika Christensen) cannot concentrate during the test, so, despite her high GPA, she is not headed to Brown University. The four conclude that the SAT is unfair and resolve to steal the answers. They recruit Roy (Leonardo Nam) the druggie and Francesca (Scarlett Johansson) the punker to help them pull it off.
In this story, characters grow to understand themselves better as they consider the consequences of cheating on the SAT and learn that people often must adjust their plans to obtain their dreams. The students indulge in illegal behavior, yet they suffer no ill consequences; one student is arrested but gets off easily while winning the heart of a beautiful girl. The Perfect Score turns in a poor moral effort and therefore gets low marks from Dove. It’s not family-approved.