When 15-year-old Hal Hefner (Reece Thompson) -- a New Jersey boy with a terrible stutter -- falls in love with the star of his high school debate squad (Anna Kendrick), he joins the team at his dream girl's urging and finds himself caught up in some intense competition. Writer-director Jeffrey Blitz won the Dramatic Directing Award at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for this coming-of-age charmer, based in part on his own adolescence.
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- Jeffrey Blitz
- 2008 Independent Spirit Awards®
- Best Supporting Female nominee: Anna Kendrick
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this quirky teen comedy is pretty mild for an R-rated film (think Rushmore rather than Superbad). It does include some language ("s--t," "ass," etc.), shots of teens kissing, a couple of conversations about sex, and one scene of the protagonist drinking, but for the most part it's a clever, unconventional teen flick that follows a misfit, stuttering guy who joins the school debate team.
- Sexual Content
- Teen couples kiss; Hal and Ginny make out in a janitor's closet; Hal hears his mom having sex with a neighbor; Hal and his brother discuss oral sex and "bases." Illustrations from the Kama Sutra are shown.
- Hal gets pounded by his angry brother; Hal throws a cello through a window.
- Several instances of "the finger" and uses of words including "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," "retard," etc.
- Social Behavior
- A teen with a severe stutter joins the debate club and finds his voice. An overly competitive girl tries to sabotage a team's chances of winning.
- Lincoln Town Car.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Hal drinks a bottle of hard liquor and then does stupid things while very drunk.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it