The domestication of “Speech and Discussion” in the off-Broadway movie creates a situation that is not convincing.
Dan Harris’s “Speech and Debate”, adapted from Stephen Karam’s 2007 Off-Broadway movie, combines three young people who create their own talks and discussion club to fight their oppressive habits of Salem, the Oregon philosopher. Each has its own reasons to rebel. For the confident Howie (Austin P. McKenzie), the school board does not allow the Gay-Straight Alliance to be established. For Dour Solomon (Liam James), a school newspaper with heavy censorship. And the outspoken actress Diwata (Sarah Steele) decides to head the production of student theater to house the conservative townspeople.