‘Speech & Debate’

Three high school misfits take on the hypocrisy of the adults around them in the recently released film Speech & Debate, which despite its title also includes a lot of musical numbers.

The movie is based on a 2007 off-Broadway play and one of its protagonists is a gay student facing homophobia. So it’s perhaps fitting that the producers will donate “a portion of all rentals and film purchases” made through Sunday, when the Tony Awards take place, to the Trevor Project — which provides LGBT-related crisis intervention and suicide prevention services 13 to 24-year-olds.


Sarah Steele (Marissa Gold in The Good Fight and The Good Wife) recreates her off-Broadway role as one of the teens, with Liam James (The Way, Way Back) and Austin P. McKenzie (the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening) as her unlikely friends. The cast also includes Janeane Garofalo as Steele’s mother, Hamilton playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda as a genie, and Glee’s Darren Criss as himself.

Speech & Debate is available from other sources, but since the producers’ press release only mentions iTunes, we will too in order to ensure that the Trevor Project gets a share of your money. Go to iTunes to rent Speech & Debate for $3.99, or buy it for $9.99.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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