Speech & Debate
Drama, Comedy
IMDB rating:
Dan Harris
Austin P. McKenzie as Howie (as Austin McKenzie)
Sara Thomas Easley as Nervous Freshman Girl
Edgar Arreola as Arnett
Sarah Baker as Miss Riggi
Sarah Steele as Diwata
Liam James as Solomon
Lucy DeVito as Lucy
Skylar Astin as Walter Healy
Roger Bart as Principal Bellingham
Kal Penn as James
Karen Beyer as Short Judge
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The movie centers around the same 3 teen archetypes we see in every teen movie.
As an active competitor in speech and debate, I was thrilled to see a movie that I thought would explore the ins and outs of the forensics world! However, I was extremely disappointed to see that, in a movie titled Speech & Debate, with most descriptions and summaries claiming it to be about speech and debate, there was actually very little speech and debate in the movie. Furthermore, it only highlighted 3 events out of all the popular, fun events on the national circuit. But, lack of forensics aside, the movie still isn't great. Diwata's pregnancy scare was predictable, the characters don't get much retribution for their mistakes, and it has a strong trying-too-hard vibe in its attempts to show the struggles of modern teenagers.
Fun movie!! :D
I really enjoyed this movie!! :D It was only rated one and a half stars for me on Netflix but I don't know why because it was totally my kind of movie!! The only reason that I've rated it 8/10 stars on here is because it lacked the romance that it made me expect :D It's a really fun filled movie though - especially if you enjoy songs about crap sandwiches :'D
An enjoyable portrayal of teenage life
This film tells the story of three teenagers in high school, who try to fit in and to find themselves in a conservative town where their voices are not heard by adults. They choose to form a speech and debate club to make their voices heard.

"Speech & Debate" is a good teenage film, that convincingly tells realistic teenage troubles. People can easily relate to the topics shown in the film, such as school censorship, bullying and general social awkwardness during teenage years. The girl, Diwata, seems not a nice person to start with, but she is in fact confident, assertive, supportive and caring. I like the three teenagers in the film, and I like the positivity on the story. I enjoyed it.
Pretty awesome show
I really like coming of age movies so I googled for some and stumbled upon this one. The summary really won me over but I wanted to do some investigating before I proceeded to watch it. I got some mixed reviews and was skeptical. However, after watching it, I was blown away. I loved it. Although it wasn't 10/10 for me and I am no movie expert, the way the movie was made and the originality of the characters despite having clichéd labels was on-point. I felt a sense of relief when I finished watching it which is always awesome. So please go and watch it.
As a debater
This is not at all an accurate representation of what it is like to be apart of a speech and debate team. I was so excited, seeing as though debate does not get a lot of media. This was an awful portrayal of that community. If you are going to make a movie about something. make sure it is somewhat accurate. They turned the first debate movie into a crappy typical high school movie with a below average plot line, scaring anyone else in Hollywood from making a debate movie that would be accurate and entertaining.
Occasionally Entertaining, But Empty Teen Film
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.
Teenage confusions and issues
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.
As a speech and debater...
What is this? This is not at all what speech is like. This is a ploy for money. This is overly dramatic (even for a DI) and please...what about OI, Expos, OPP, TI, Extemp, HI, and all the other events? No, speech is not some musical where we dance around naked. It's a lot more prestigious than that and this movie makes it into a joke. It is simply filled with Plot lines that have been done before over and over... Rachel Corrie did not get run over for this.
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