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.
In the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, Melinda Sordino is forced into the worst year of her life. Her best friend, Rachel Bruin, has turned against her with all other of Melinda's fellow students looking away; not daring to take a single glance at Melinda. All because of one stupid end-of-summer party.Written by
Sam Gerdemann, www.centralproductionsyt.weebly.com
Filming was temporarily cut short at the school where certain scenes were shot because of flooding during an especially heavy summer rain. See more »
"Melinda says the school mascot is changing from the Trojans to the Hornets. However, during the pep rally the cheerleaders are introduced as the "Merryweather Falcons"." This isn't a goof, it's a running theme through the movie as a later announcement changes the team name to the Wombats. See more »
So I raped you? I could have any girl in this school I wanted. Willingly! Why would I rape you? You're not even attractive.
[tries to run away from him, but Andy grabs her]
No! No, no!
You really screwed things up for me! You know that?
No, help me!
You are going to go to every single person in this school and tell them that you lied!
[Melinda throws chemicals in Andy's eyes]
Ah! My eyes!
No! Get off of me! Get off!
[from outside of the closet]
What's going on in there? Open...
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Kristen Stewart did an excellent job on this movie. I was personally in tears in many parts of the movie, and I was crying at the end of it too. Even though most of the acting wasn't very good (Heather's lines seemed bland and disorganized), Stewart brought it all back together. Though I cannot relate to Melinda's situation, I was moved to tears by her traumatic experience.
All in all, I think this was an amazing film. It doesn't have much relation to the book, and Melinda's character isn't supposed to be dazzling at art, but the entire film was overall great. I would recommend this film to anyone (though they might want to be at least 12 or older).
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