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Released 2007

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Director:
Jeffrey Blitz
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
High-school student Hal Hefner's (Reece Daniel Thompson) life is falling down around him. His parents have split, his brother picks on him incessantly, and he has a terrible stutter. Hal cannot believe it when Ginny Ryerson (Anna Kendrick), a pretty classmate, asks him to join their school's debate team. Falling head over heels in love with Ginny, he agrees to her request, with unexpected results.

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    I suspect a lot of high school students will recognize elements of real life in the movie, and that the movie will build a following. It may gross as little as "Welcome to the Doll...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The surest sign of the movie's integrity is that it resists any temptation to build the story to a climactic debate.

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    This unusually voluble comedy is as eloquent about love, self-realization and adolescent angst as its protagonist is endearingly tongue-tied.

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