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Speech & Debate (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, an unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world.

Director:

Dan Harris

Writers:

Stephen Karam (screenplay), Stephen Karam (based on the play by)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Rowley ... Gary Crenshaw
Jerry Leggio ... Ted Burns
Wendi McLendon-Covey ... Joan Hawthrone
Roger Bart ... Principal Bellingham
Janeane Garofalo ... Marie Jones
Kal Penn ... James Merrick
Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Susan Merrick
Liam James ... Solomon Merrick
Austin P. McKenzie ... Howie Hawthorne (as Austin McKenzie)
Sarah Steele ... Diwata Jones
Skylar Astin ... Walter Healy
Sarah Baker ... Miss Riggi
Robert Peters ... Coach Pemberton
Cristina Franco ... Oksana Poluski
Anna Margaret ... Casey Thronburn
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Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the entire school board, an unlikely trio set out to find a common truth and make their voices heard as they revive a defunct school club and take on the world.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving teen sexuality, substance use, and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Речь и дебаты See more »

Filming Locations:

Jackson, Mississippi, USA

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Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Expected to finish the editing process completely by the end of April 2016. See more »

Goofs

At 23:07 in the movie, Solomon looks up Diwatas youtube channel. As the page loads, he's marked as subscribed to her channel, and in the next, while looking at a video, he is marked as not subscribed. See more »

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Hold It In
Written by Stephen Karam
Performed by Sarah Steele & Austin P. McKenzie
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Blatantly Disrespectful
23 January 2018 | by codydsmith-41894See all my reviews

Speech & Debate is the kind of movie so incompetent that it's title fails to deliver on what this movie actually is. A Better title would've been Misunderstood(?) Teens and the Several Town Hall Meetings. To begin, the majority of the film isn't even about speech and debate and literally half of the categories are made up. And the climax of the movie isn't about them attempting to win a tournament, it's just more stupid teen drama. The acting is fairly terrible and the entire premise is flimsy with the plot being...well i couldn't really tell you. Stuff happens but none of it really matters. This movie is the definition of a disgrace and I'm sad it exist because it could have been so much more interesting. A true waste of time for all involved and a disgusting interpretation of what Speech and Debate actually is. The only thing this movie will ever be good for is an HI at a real Speech Tournament If 0/10 was possible, I would.


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