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Listen to Me (1989)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 5 May 1989 (USA)
A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.
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Tucker Muldowney
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Monica Tomanski
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Charlie Nichols
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Dean Schwimmer
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Senator McKellar
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Bruce Arlington
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Susan Hooper
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Bobby Chin
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Cameron Sweet (as Peter De Luise)
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Braithwaite (as Jon Matthews)
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Tom Lloynd
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Stewart Shields
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A group of college debaters learn about the world, friendships, love, dreams and family in this warm, endearing drama.

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It was the best time of their lives. A kid from Oklahoma. An immigrant's daughter. A senator's son. A society girl. And a college professor with a dream. They had one thing in common...the will to win. See more »

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to offset complaints from parents who had brought teenagers to the movie theater and were shocked at the content of the debates (abortion for example) for a movie with popular teen actors, when the VHS was made available in video stores, there were optional warning stickers for the boxes to let the renting public know that some of the debates were of a sensitive nature See more »

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Garson McKellar: Knowledge is better than ignorance
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Tough Days Again
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Written by Jack Conrad and Richard Benet
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21 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

Listen to Me is, quite frankly, spectacularly bad, which makes it hard to rate. It was, quite unintentionally, hysterical at moments, and I love such great debating advice as, "We're not going to win with facts, so let's go for drama!" and suggesting that a new plan should be run in the 2AR. As other reviewers have noted, it does NOT represent debate very accurately at all, and is highly melodramatic and overwrought. However, as a debater (policy for 2 years in high school, now into my 3rd year of parliamentary in college), I enjoyed watching it, at least once, because it was so unintentionally funny. My coach last spring had us watch it during a meeting and we all laughed nonstop because of its inherent stupidity. My advice: if you're a debater, you might think this hilarious. If you're not, you might not enjoy it. Additionally, don't for a moment think that's how REAL debate is done. Just to pick one example, I cannot even begin to imagine my coach advising me to make up stories in order to win rounds. Side note of interest to debaters: Tom Miller, who is a debate official in the film, is an actual college debate coach at UCLA.


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