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Speak (2012)





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In his stand-up routine, Jerry Seinfeld points out that according to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking and their number two fear is death, which means the average person who goes to a funeral would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy. For nearly two years, filmmakers Paul Galichia and Brian Weidling conducted interviews with hundreds of individuals to explore the physical symptoms and the emotional paralysis that public speaking can cause. On one extreme, speaking in public and social awkwardness hinders some from living productive lives. When presented with having to speak in public, even public figures experience painful and incoherent rambling. Then there is the crème of the crop - the people who have triumphed over their fear and now have an even bigger mission - to tell their stories. -- (C) Official Sitesmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 18, 2012
Laemmle - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Speak

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

Ultimately too superficially diffuse - and programmed to reveal a winner - to focus on one kind of human interest story.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

In the beginning "Speak" too often sounds like a recruiting film for Toastmasters, but it eventually gets past that and tells some compelling stories about the finalists.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

Doc about public speaking remains engaging despite familiar format.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A moderately involving, conventionally structured look at the art of public speaking as practiced by nine finalists at the Toastmasters' 2008 world championship, Speak has surprisingly little to say about its subject.

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
Top Critic

Most of Speak is an uplifting portrait of friendly competition, and it's when the film embraces this narrative track, and the illumination of dream pursuit, that it really takes off.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012

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