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Speak (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  20 January 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Sordino
Dick Hagerman ...
School Bus Driver
Remy Brommer ...
Yearbook Photographer (as A. Remy Brommer)
Grace Ameter ...
Tyanna Rolley ...
Leslie Lyles ...
Kimberly Kish ...
Ms. Keen
Megan Pillar ...
Jack Sordino


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beszélj!  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Laurie Halse Anderson:  the novel's author appears as the cafeteria worker spooning out mashed potatoes on the first day of school. See more »


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 »


Principal: Well?
Joyce Sordino: Oh for the love of gGd, open your mouth Melinda.
Jack Sordino: This is childish honey.
Joyce Sordino: I don't know why she's doing this to us.
Guidance Counselor: We're not ganging up on you. We're here to help.
Principal: Let's start with grades. This isn't what we expected of you Melissa.
Jack Sordino: Melinda!
Principal: Last year you were a straight-B student. No behavioral problems, few absences. What do you have to say?
Joyce Sordino: She's mute. She's mute! She not saying *anything*.
Guidance Counselor: I think that we need to explore the family dynamics at play.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »


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Great Movie
5 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Kristen Stewart did an excellent job on this movie. I was personally in tears in many parts of the movie, and I was crying at the end of it too. Even though most of the acting wasn't very good (Heather's lines seemed bland and disorganized), Stewart brought it all back together. Though I cannot relate to Melinda's situation, I was moved to tears by her traumatic experience.

All in all, I think this was an amazing film. It doesn't have much relation to the book, and Melinda's character isn't supposed to be dazzling at art, but the entire film was overall great. I would recommend this film to anyone (though they might want to be at least 12 or older).

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