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29 June 2014 @ 06:29 pm
Six Degrees of Marvel (part three)  
Whenever I watch joint interviews with Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans, I'm always struck by their awesome friendship, brostyle. Turns out, they were in a film together long before the Marvel days. It was a film for MTV films so you know the quality we're talking about. I'm going to speculate that The Perfect Score being an awful film helped cement their friendship.

The movie is about six kids who need a high score on the SATs in order to get into their preferred colleges (so basically every American high school junior). In order to do this, they decide to steal the answers to the SATs. Scarlett Johansson plays Francesca, a girl whose father owns the buildings where the answers to the SATs are housed. She agrees to partake in this heist to get the answers, mainly for laughs while Kyle (Chris Evans) needs a high score in order to go to an architect program at Cornell and not become a deadbeat like his older brother.

So this is That High School AU Where Natasha and Steve Run a Successful Op Which Clearly Marks Them to Be Recruited By SHIELD Later.

Okay, I was able to suspend my disbelief when a film was telling me that Abraham Lincoln hunted vampires. But for whatever reason, I could not turn a blind eye to a huge flaw in the very premise of this movie. There is no one single version of the SATs. There is no one answer key. If you were going to bother to memorize the entire set of answer keys for all the variations of the test, you probably have just as good a shot at decent scores by just studying for the SATs. I could not let this go and so I kept throwing my hands up at the rest of the idiocy that unfolded before me. The best thing about this movie was actually watching an interview with fellow actor Leonardo Nam talk about how the entire cast went out dancing during their down time while filming this. His description of how each cast member dances is pretty hilarious.
aelfgyfu_mead: Natashaaelfgyfu_mead on June 29th, 2014 11:37 pm (UTC)
That High School AU Where Natasha and Steve Run a Successful Op Which Clearly Marks Them to Be Recruited By SHIELD Later.
You make it almost sound worth watching—until I reach the next paragraph. Oh, well. Thanks for saving me the trouble!

Did you hear Scarlett Johanssen on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me this past week? You might enjoy it.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 29th, 2014 11:59 pm (UTC)
Scarlett Johansson's character in particular was very close to a teen version of Natasha. But yeah, the movie was awful. And not even in a bad-tacular way.

Ooh! Thanks for the link. I'm going to check it out.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 30th, 2014 12:01 am (UTC)
They were also in The Nanny Diaries together, which would be that AU where Tash goes undercover as a nanny and loses her shit with how stupid everyone is, while also being flirted with by Steve, who lives in the same building.

formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 30th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Oh man. I didn't even know that book got made into a film. Well, can't be worse than the Perfect Score.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 30th, 2014 02:11 am (UTC)
I enjoyed it, actually. I seem to remember renting it for the Chris Evans factor, and enjoying it. But I have quite a high tolerance for crap entertainment. I liked Jumper. And S.W.A.T. And Newsies is my favourite movie of all time.

The Nanny Diaries was pretty faithful to the book, too, as I recall. But I read the book after I'd seen the film.

ETA: I don't know if this is the sort of thing that interests you, but BBC Radio 4 has an adaptation of The Moving Finger up. I know you liked the telly version, but I don't know if it was the story or just the actors you liked.

Edited at 2014-06-30 02:33 am (UTC)