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Speech & Debate (2017)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 7 April 2017 (USA)
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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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content involving teen sexuality, substance use, and some language | See all certifications »
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Spring Awakening has several coincidental ties. Both Skylar Astin (Mr. Healy) and Austin McKenzie (Howie) have been in a production of Spring Awakening. Astin originated the role of Georg alongside Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff, and McKenzie starred as Melchior in Deaf West LA's production. Also, Gideon Glick, who played Howie in the stage production of this story, originated the role of Ernst in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, alongside Astin. See more »

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Teenage confusions and issues
22 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

Over all, the movie, directed by Dan Harris and featuring name actors like Kal Penn and Janeane Garofalo in small roles, has a focus problem that leaves its humorous moments obscured and its intentions hazy. Based on a 2008 off-Broadway play, this movie seems determined to cover every issue of concern for teenagers under the sun, and then some. Adult hypocrisy, teachers who are sexual predators, fuddy-duddy school boards, homophobia, internet hate and humiliation, bullying, teen pregnancy, underage drinking, freedom of speech, the difficulties in being a gay teenager new to a small town -- these are all addressed. While these characters are not saints -- they binge-drink and get sloppily drunk, talk of having unprotected sex, and have anonymous sex with adults in a nearby park -- they are also shown to be works in progress who find ways to stay true to themselves and to learn from their mistakes, despite the double-standards of the adults and the snubs from their peers.


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