• Speech & Debate (2017)

Speech & Debate

Release Date: April 7th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

Frustrated by the hypocrisy they see in their parents, teachers, and the members of the 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.

Cast: Sarah Steele, Liam James, Austin P. McKenzie, Kal Penn, Janeane Garofalo, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Roger Bart

Director: Dan Harris

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Sycamore Pictures, Vertical Entertainment

Ratings & Reviews

  • 40
    Frank ScheckThe Hollywood Reporter

    The film’s stage origins, and a cameo appearance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, may be of interest to theater buffs, but everyone else will be left wondering what all the fuss was about. show more

  • 50
    Neil GenzlingerThe New York Times

    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. show more

  • 70
    Gary GoldsteinLos Angeles Times

    Although the story, which feels a tad past its expiration date, never digs too deeply into its central issues (hypocrisy, loneliness, censorship, finding one’s voice), Dan Harris’ peppy direction and nimble turns by the film’s young leads prevail. show more

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