Actress Anna Kendrick, with her quick-draw verbal repartee, steals the movie Rocket Science and gives it-girl Ellen Page a run for her money. The movie, now on DVD, follows an endearing 15-year-old character named Hal who despite his stutter, is convinced to join the debate team by the frank, frighteningly verbal Ginny played by Kendrick. She’s that convincing.
Jeffrey Blitz wrote and directed the movie, drawing inspiration from his own life as a stutterer. Rocket Science is his first feature after his directorial debut with the documentary Spellbound, a sweet and funny profile of a group of kids competing in the National Spelling Bee. If you haven’t seen it, you must. Rotten Tomatoes (my go-to site for movie reviews because it compiles a bunch of reviews and gives each film a combined rating) gave it a 98% rating on the Tomatometer.
But, I digress. Rocket Science is worth watching for its originality and tenderness but especially for Kendrick’s scenes. She’s biting and brilliant and another b-word, but you kind of want to be her friend. According to my extensive (read: 12-second perusal of imdb), Kendrick hasn’t been in many movies yet, but she was nominated for a Tony and has a few movies wrapping up—one with Ben Stiller; once that hits theaters, I’m sure she’ll be a household name. I will try not to say, I told you so.