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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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Storyline

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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Beszélj!  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The rape scene was originally supposed to take place in the woods. However, shortly before filming, Kristen Stewart discovered she had an allergy to the grass that caused her to rash, so the scene was moved to a car. When she's walking home from the party, there are leaves on her back because that scene was filmed before she learned of the allergy. See more »

Goofs

The mashed potatoes thrown on Melinda's shirt changes between shots. When we first see it, the spot is large and the next time we see it, it's smaller and more flat. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Freeman: Hey, Melinda! I'm glad you're here.
High School Student: Thanks for everything, Mr. F. I really hope I make enough money so I can afford one of your paintings.
Mr. Freeman: [laughing] Yeah, alright. Go on have fun! Make the world a better place.
Melinda Sordino: You're leaving?
Mr. Freeman: I like to swear. Play music. I hate giving grades.
Melinda Sordino: [disappointed] Have a nice life.
Mr. Freeman: I'm here if you want to talk. Even if I'm not, you know, here.
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Referenced in Awkward.: Pilot (2011) See more »

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Heliopause
Written & Performed by Starving Goliath
Used with permission
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A Beautiful Piece of Work
11 February 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie at Sundance and was very surprised that it went home with no awards. Though I'm not familiar with the book, I can say that Jessica Scharzer does a masterful job of telling a delicate story in a very real and touching way. It is never easy to handle a story about a traumatizing event, but to do it with such sensitivity, in the midst of a HILARIOUS movie, is pure genius. A great deal of the credit must go to Kristen Stewart for her portrayal of a girl whose emotions are always known to the audience, though she hardly ever says a word. Anyone who has been to high school should get a big kick from some of the send-ups in "Speak." And for anyone who has doubted the talents of Steve Zahn, just look for the scene where he sees what Melinda (Stewart) has done in the supply closet.

I hope to see this movie in theaters soon, and I give it my highest recommendation. And no, I don't know anyone who was involved with it. I just wanted to give credit where credit is due. Go see this movie!


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