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Speechless... (2001)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 25 July 2001 (USA)
A young woman tries to open up to a mute boy to get him to speak.


John Milton Branton (as J.M. Branton), Danica McKellar


Danica McKellar
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danica McKellar ... Dana Woodman
Dorothy Lyman ... Margaret Tanner
Jay Michael Ferguson ... Jacob Tanner
Dan Lauria ... Professor
Kathleen Lancaster Kathleen Lancaster ... Tanya
Wil Wheaton ... Ryan
Christopher McKellar Christopher McKellar ... Dana's Father
James Angus McKellar James Angus McKellar ... Dana's Grandfather (as James A. McKellar)
Mahaila McKellar ... Dana's Mother
Damon Williams ... Tanya's Husband
Crystal McKellar Crystal McKellar ... Dana's Sister (In Photo)
Beth Anne Carr Beth Anne Carr ... Graduation Crowd
Beau Clark Beau Clark ... Graduation Crowd (as 'Bogie' Beau Clark)
Andrew Fumento Andrew Fumento ... Graduation Crowd
Mark Holtan Mark Holtan ... Graduation Crowd


A young woman tries to open up to a mute boy to get him to speak.

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She could teach him to speak... He might teach her to love.


Short | Drama


Not Rated

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Release Date:

25 July 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Danica McKellar and Dan Lauria previously were in the classic television series The Wonder Years. See more »


Dana Woodman: [Dana opens her book] New section. Mm-k. True or false.
[She motions with her thumb that a true answer is a 'thumbs up', and a false answer is a 'thumbs down']
Dana Woodman: [Dana clears her throat] I have a satisfying sex life.
[Jacob stares at her and Dana doesn't say anything at first]
Dana Woodman: Not me, you.
[Dana stammers]
Dana Woodman: Uh, let's try the writing again. Now, this requires you to focus and I know that focusing for you can be difficult.
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Beautiful Dreamer
Performed by Danica McKellar and partially by Jay Michael Ferguson
Originally written by Stephen Foster
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A girl must teach a boy who cannot speak ... or can he?
19 April 2002 | by n_yousefiSee all my reviews

I just saw this short film shown in San Diego, and found it cute and rather interesting. The story follows a psychology student, Dana (Danica McKellar), who is given the daunting task of teaching a boy, Jacob (played by Jay Michael Ferguson), the lessons he needs to work for his uncle. In exchange for teaching the boy general bookkeeping skills, Dana is given the chance to use Jacob as a psychology test subject. Unfortunately for Dana Jacob is appears unable to speak, but Dana has her doubt, and Jacob's mother is reluctant to help her get the information she needs to really help him.

Given that this is McKellar's first time writing or directing a movie, I have to say that I was fairly impressed. Overall, the story was average, and could definitely have used some creative punch, but the direction and editing seemed very top notch. The film's musical score helps move the story along VERY well, and really helps the viewer understand what they're supposed to be feeling.

I really think the film could have used a stronger script, but overall the film was very well done, especially for a first time effort.

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