Rocket Science is a 2007 comedy-drama film concerning high school debate. Looking for answers to life's big questions, a stuttering boy joins his high school debate team. It stars Reece Thompson as Hal Hefner. The film opened in limited release in the United States on August 10, 2007. The film won the Dramatic Directing prize at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. It was written and directed by Jeffrey Blitz, the director of Spellbound. In regards to making a "teen film," Blitz was very specific in that he noted "the only way I was going to do a teen movie is if I felt like I could try to be more honest about what the actual experience of being a teenager is like."