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Speak (2004)

PG-13 | | Drama | 20 January 2004 (USA)
After a blurred trauma over the summer, Melinda enters high school a selective mute. Struggling with school, friends, and family, she tells the dark tale of her experiences, and why she has chosen not to speak.

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Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman ...
School Bus Driver
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Heather
Remy Brommer ...
Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
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Grace Ameter ...
Emily
Tyanna Rolley ...
Nicole
Leslie Lyles ...
Hairwoman
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Kimberly Kish ...
Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ...
Ivy
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Mr. Freeman
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Jack Sordino
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The young adolescent Melinda Sordino arrives at high school feeling confused, depressed and alone. Her school peers call her "squealer", because she alerted the police during a summer party after she was sexually assaulted by Andy Evans. She refuses to tell anyone the events that took place. Her depression and distance from people is made worse by the increasingly large gap between her and her parents. She finds great support with her art teacher Mr. Freeman and her school friend David Petrakis. Her feelings threaten to engulf her but Melinda learns to grow from her experiences instead of repressing the past emotions that have scarred her for the rest of her life. Written by Andrew Rodriguez, Tinton Falls New Jersey

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The Truth Will Change Everything.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving a teen rape | See all certifications »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Kristen Stewart's first Sundance Film Festival selection. See more »

Goofs

In one scene Melinda and her parents are unwrapping a large box while sitting on the floor. In the next scene, the box is fully wrapped again. See more »

Quotes

Melinda Sordino: Heather has found a clan. The Marthas. Very Connecticut. Very prep. I suspect money changed hands.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

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Stand Clear
Written by Sara Shaoul
Performed by The Recorder Club
Produced by Matt Rocker
Used with permission
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A Contribution to Society
1 February 2004 | by (Park City) – See all my reviews

I can react to this movie on a number of levels. First of all, it is a wonderful thing that this film was made. It deals with a very real yet very troubling issue, and handles it with sensitivity and hope. This movie has the potential to really help people, and I can't think of a better legacy for a filmmaker.

Despite all that, I wish this would have been a better movie. The pacing of the story seemed wildly out of whack and there were a couple of directorial decisions that could certainly be questioned. On the other hand, Kristen Stewart's performance in the lead role of Melinda was excellent, although the rest of the acting left me flat. (Even Steve Zahn, who I normally love, seemed a bit miscast.) And while the writing didn't grab me, there were enough light-hearted moments to make Melinda's personal anguish bearable for the audience.

Beyond cinema as therapy, the film contained meaningful insights into the potential of artistic expression in healing, the general alienation of being a freshman in high school, or the critical relationship of an individual's will and determination with the healing process. People should see this movie not because of its cinematic excellence but because it has an important and optimistic message.


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