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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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Solomon
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Diwata
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Howie (as Austin McKenzie)
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Principal Bellingham
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Marie
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Joan
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James
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Susan
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Walter Healy
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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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Diwata asks Solomon if his girlfriend from Canada. The actor that plays Solomon, Liam James is from Canada. See more »

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Occasionally Entertaining, But Empty Teen Film
4 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Speech & Debate seems like it wants to go for the jugular and say something profound about small town teen life, but every time it gets close, it chickens out and settles for dull clichés.

The cast certainly seems game. Our three teen leads are appealing, charming, and a joy to watch, but the pedestrian script doesn't do them any favors. It wants to have something to say about gay issues, teen pregnancy, pedophilia, religion, detached parents, and overly moralistic school boards, but it never digs into one of them below the surface and the whole film becomes sort of like a light episode of Glee.

This is not to say that Speech & Debate is without amusing moments, but the laughs aren't big enough to function as a comedy and the drama isn't real or powerful enough to function as a drama. Speech & Debate just sort of...is. In its goal to be inoffensive, light, and watchable for all audiences, it no longer has any bite.

This is a Netflix pick at best.


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