Speak

2004

Speak

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Award-winning short filmmaker Jessica Sharzer makes her feature debut with the teen drama Speak, based on the young-adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Kristen Stewart stars as high school freshman Melinda, who has lost her ability to speak. Ever since a traumatic event that occurred at a party over the summer, she has chosen to remain silent. She's abandoned by her friends, while her mother Joyce (Elizabeth Perkins) is too wrapped up in her own problems to notice. By recalling the details of the past situation, it becomes clear that a date rape occurred. Yet no one has offered her support in order to deal with the psychological consequences. Eventually her art teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn) reaches out, helping her develop ways to express herself. Also starring Hallee Hirsh and Eric Lively. Speak premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as part of the American Spectrum competition.

Cast

Kristen Stewart
as Melinda Sordino
Elizabeth Perkins
as Joyce Sordino
D.B. Sweeney
as Jack Sordino
Steve Zahn
as Mr. Freeman
Michael Angarano
as Dave Petrakis
Hallee Hirsh
as Rachel Bruin
Eric Lively
as Andy Evans
Leslie Lyles
as Hairwoman
Allison Siko
as Heather
Dick Hagerman
as School Bus Driver
A. Remy Brommer
as Yearbook Photographer
Kimberly Kish
as Ms. Keen
Jamie Lee White
as Social Studies Student
Caitlyn Folley
as Girl at Pep Rally
Tony Roseboro
as Principal
Susan Gardner
as Guidance Counselor
Aaron Kinser
as Art Student
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Audience Reviews for Speak

  • Mar 03, 2011
    Many people can relate to this amazing movie, especially to the character Melinda (played by Kristen Stewart), I sure know I can. It is beautifully directed, & amazingly acted. WANING, THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS Characters: Like I stated, the characters are believable ones that almost anyone can relate to, whether its the good or bad one. Melinda is the kind of character I can relate to the most mainly because of how believable she really is. Plot/Story: It is again, realistic in terms of school life. A girl who was raped by a guy in a party & is traumatized by it, unable to speak & remain anti-social is an amazing way to make it work. Dialogue: It fits it perfectly, & it's not as cliche as other dramas. Plus, t being a narrative is lovely. Actors: While many will hate me for this, Kristen Stewart gave an amazing performance in here. She isn't a bad actress, & this is one of her best films. Everyone else, including Steve Zahn gave excellent performances. Final summation, this is a beautiful film, & is great for any traumatized or anti-social person.
    Frisby 2 Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2010
    Structurally, this film requires a strong, central performance, and Stewart simply isn't good enough. There are moments when she is quite good, but often she is so understated that she is essentially dead -- I see nothing in her face or movements that betrays anything worth looking at. Dead people make bad film characters. Now, you could say that rape victims often report feeling numb, but playing numb requires more than Stewart is capable of providing (cf. Rose McGowan's rape scene in The Doom Generation). I did like that the film primarily portrayed high school as the command-and-control hell that it usually is.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2010
    Who says Lifetime doesn't have good programming? Kristen Stewart does quite well as Melinda: the pre-trauma smiles and laughter; the post-trauma silence and distance. However, I can't help being overcritical of her. All her good performances are good in the same way, you know what I mean? Dead, unblinking eyes (except for that unfortunate period during which she blinked too much...), monotone voice, pretty girl with aura of mystery. She's certainly cast well, but I'm curious about her range.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2010
    Kristen Stewart at her best.
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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