Speech & Debate
|Speech & Debate|
|Directed by||Dan Harris|
|Written by||Stephen Karam|
|Based on||Speech & Debate|
by Stephen Karam
|Music by||Deborah Lurie|
|Edited by||Robert Hoffman|
|Distributed by||Vertical Entertainment|
The film features three misfit students in high school who are frustrated with the hypocrisy they see in their parents and school staff. Together, they try to revive an extinct school debate club to face the situation they are in.
- Liam James as Solomon
- Sarah Steele as Diwata
- Austin P. McKenzie as Howie
- Roger Bart as Principal Bellingham
- Janeane Garofalo as Marie
- Wendi McLendon-Covey as Joan
- Kal Penn as James
- Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Susan
- Skylar Astin as Walter Healy
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as The Genie
- Ryan Lee as Mark
- Darren Criss as himself
- Lucy DeVito as Lucy
- Sarah Baker as Ms. Riggi
- Lester Speight as Scary Bouncer
- Jeremy Rowley as Gary Crenshaw
Karam said that "he specifically aimed to create characters who 'push through their pain'".
The song "Losers Are Winners", which was written by Karam, is played over the credits performed by Kristin Chenoweth.
Release and receptionEdit
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.4/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 46 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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- Smith, Matt. "When Stephen Karam Couldn't Get Cast, He Found 'Speech & Debate'" Playbill, February 4, 2017
- "Speech and Debate". The Numbers. Retrieved January 11, 2017.
- "Speech & Debate (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 5, 2020.
- "Speech & Debate Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 5, 2020.