The first feature film by the director of Spellbound puts a refreshing spin on the coming-of-age formula, subverting what we expect from a story about a stuttering high school kid (Reece Thompson) who, with a little prodding by an older girl (Anna Kendrick), decides to join the debate team and win the coveted New Jersey state championships. Watch for Marcy‘s review by the time the movie opens on August 10.

Rocket Science. Jeffrey Blitz, 2007. **** The trailer: