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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.

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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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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Sycamore Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

Soundtracks

Another Suitcase Another Hall
Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Performed by Sarah Steele
By Arrangement with Universal Music Publishing Group
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Neither a comedy nor a drama
12 May 2019 | by blackbeagle-33579See all my reviews

It's teen TV. Also you have to read half the movie because it's via texting. Because that's what all the cool kids do. Basically it's about turning the debate team into a gay musical.


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