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Speak (2004)

 -  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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Andy Evans
Leslie Lyles ...
Hairwoman
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Joyce Sordino
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Heather
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Jack Sordino
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Mr. Freeman
Dick Hagerman ...
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Remy Brommer ...
Todd (as A. Remy Brommer)
Grace Ameter ...
Emily
Tyanna Rolley ...
Nicole
Kimberly Kish ...
Ms. Keen
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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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20 January 2004 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

A downpour during the filming of some outdoor party scenes required the on-the-spot alteration of a few key sequences, including the replacement of some underage extras by miscellaneous crew members. Also, the indoor scene in which Andy Evans Eric Lively towels Melinda's (Kristen Stewart's) hair dry was a last minute improvisation due to the unexpected rain. See more »

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At the party, when Rachel slaps Melinda after learning that Melinda called the cops, Rachel's hair is straight. However, when Rachel gets into the car with her friends that are trying to escape, her hair is curly. See more »

Quotes

David Petrakis: The suffragettes fought for their right to speak. They were attacked, arrested and thrown in jail for daring to do what they wanted to do. Like them, Melinda is willing to stand up for what she believes. That no one should be forced to give speeches.
Mr. Neck: What is this?
David Petrakis: Melinda has to deliver her report to the class as part of the assignment. She made copies everyone can read.
Mr. Neck: Oh, no you don't. When I say oral I mean oral. Now you
[Dave]
Mr. Neck: sit down! And *you*
[Melinda]
Mr. Neck: read that report. Open your mouth ...
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A faithful, moving adaptation of a wonderful book.
24 January 2004 | by (Salt Lake City, UT) – See all my reviews

I was luck enough to see this film at Sundance. I'd read the book when it came out and loved it, but wasn't sure how it would translate to film, given that the main character really doesn't talk at all in the book. Jessica Sharzer's adaptation handles all of the potential problems beautifully, without changing the fundamental story and using voiceover only sparingly. What really makes the movie, though, is Kristen Stewart's complete embodiment of Melinda. She does things with her face that actors twice her age with twice her experience only wish they could do. Though the film is not at all didactic in nature, it would be a great one for teens to see with their parents. Lots of good material for discussion. It's great to see Laurie Halse Anderson's wonderful book get the screen treatment it deserves. If you like this movie, you might also like BLUE CAR, MANNY & LO, and THE CHOCOLATE WAR.


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