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Love and Debate (2006)

Thanks to Gravity (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 13 June 2006 (USA)
Jordan Landa (Philips) encounters a gridlock on her road to adulthood.
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Jordan Landa is not your average Latin girl. She's Jewish. She has dreams - big ones. As a rising star in the debate world her elusive dreams seem finally within her grasp. But when the "perfect guy" from her past reappears, so do her desires for a life she thought she didn't want. With beautiful Miami as a backdrop, a cutting-edge soundtrack, and a hot sexy young cast, it is the perfect setting for a girl to choose between love and debate. "Love and Debate" tells the story of a girl who grows up in a family where the customary role of women is to get married to a Jewish man and have kids. Yet this is not enough for Jordan, she aspires to be something more. In her senior year of high school, with the help of a teacher, Coach Amal, she finds herself attracted to the debate scene. Immediately, she knows she's found her calling and quickly becomes one of the top debaters in the country, earning a scholarship to Harvard. While at college, through a bad breakup and a horrifying sexual ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexual content including an assault, drug and alcohol use, and language - all by teens

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12 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a debater myself, I was intrigued when the local Cinevegas film festival was debuting a movie about debate. And here are my thoughts: I thought Thanks to Gravity did a great job of depicting debate in a more global setting. The writer/producer (Jessica Kavana-Dornbusch) was a former debater herself and I think she found a good middle-ground for the general public to follow along and for someone like me to think it was a somewhat accurate portrayal. Maybe it's me being selfish and wanting everyone to know what debate is, but this film felt at home with me.

I think this is the first film to depict women in the male-dominated activity of policy debate (referred to as team debate in the film), which is welcoming because the guy/girl ratio is about 4:1 these days. It also did a good job of depicting women finding themselves in general. Also the racial subplot of the main character being a Latina-Jew was interesting, and while the movie could have definitely expanded on that subplot, it did a good enough job of exposing my friend and I to that culture.

The cast while mostly unfamiliar to many excluding a few headliners like Sean Austin (LOTR) had great on-screen chemistry, whatever that is supposed to mean. The main actress, Gina Phillips, is not only breathtakingly beautiful but was well casted for her role. Overall, the movie also flowed well, which is one of my biggest complaints with movies these days, and I recommend it if you have a chance to see it.


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