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.
A series of overlapping stories about four suburban families dealing with different maladies. Esther Gold's life is consumed by caring for her comatose son; Jim Train is sent into a ... See full summary »
Mary Kay Place
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
The movie came out in 2004, but the book it is based on came out in 1999. So the turn of the century for the book would be the 1900s. For her extra credit assignment, Melinda is told to write an essay on a cultural influence at the turn of the century. Yet the movie takes place at the turn of the 21st century, around 2003. It should have specified "turn of the last [20th] century." She decides to write about the suffragists of the 1910s. See more »
So I raped you? I could have any girl in this school I wanted. Willingly! Why would I rape you? You're not even attractive.
[tries to run but is grabbed by Andy]
No! No, no!
You really screwed things up for me! You know that?
No, help me!
You are going to go to every single person in this school and tell them that you lied!
[Melinda throws chemicals in Andy's eyes]
Ah! My eyes!
No! Get off of me! Get off!
[from outside of the closet]
What's going on in there? Open this door ...
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I don't want to sound polemic, but I have a strong suspicion that a lot of "Twilight"-fans went wild rating this movie. Don't get me wrong. It's a solid drama about a girl that got raped and is isolated and alienated from her friends and family... but it's really not that touching. There's nothing to take away from this other than a slight feeling of pity for the main character. "Speak" doesn't rise above your average TV drama. Yes, actually this feels like an extended episode of "Joan Of Arcadia".
So, no, I didn't hate this movie, but I expected more. A LOT more. A rating of 7.9 for "Speak" is the definition of overrated.
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