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Film Review: ‘Speech & Debate’

7 April 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adapted from Stephen Karam’s hit 2007 Off-Broadway play, Dan Harris’ film “Speech & Debate” unites three teenage outcasts who form their own speech and debate club in order to fight the repressive mores of their Salem, Oregon high school. Each has their own reasons for rebelling. For self-assured Howie (Austin P. McKenzie), it’s the school board’s refusal to let him establish a Gay-Straight Alliance. For dour Solomon (Liam James), it’s the heavily censored school newspaper. And for outspoken aspiring actress Diwata (Sarah Steele), it’s the school’s decision to bowdlerize a student theater production in order to placate conservative townspeople.

That latter conflict proves particularly ironic, as “Speech & Debate” does much the same thing with its own source material. Once a darkly comic romp centered around outing a pedophile teacher, this adaptation has been shorn of its sharpest edges, leaving a largely unfocused, conventional teen dramedy in its place. »

- Andrew Barker

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Newswire: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are hosting the Independent Spirit Awards

3 January 2017 1:07 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Film Independent announced today that it has once again one-upped every other awards show when it comes to securing hosts for the Independent Spirit Awards. After a ceremony last year emceed by rising stars Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, the 2017 affair will be controlled by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. “From film to television to Broadway, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been almost everywhere—and now their world domination will be complete,” Film Independent President Josh Welsh said in a statement. “We couldn’t think of two smarter, funnier people to host our show.” The films nominated include Moonlight, American Honey, and Loving, in which Kroll has a supporting role.

Kroll and Mulaney are obviously known for their litany of individual projects, including but not limited to Kroll Show and New In Town, but together they make up the team behind Oh, Hello, currently on Broadway. No word ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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