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Melina Sordino (Kristen Stewart, UNDERTOW) is entering the notoriously difficult time that is the freshman year of high school. She is no average troubled youth, however, for she refuses to utter a word, ever since a party to celebrate the end of 8th grade resulted in a violent encounter for the young girl. Now, ostracized by her schoolmates, alienated from her mother (Elizabeth Perkins, BIG) and father (D.B. Sweeney, THE DARWIN AWARDS), and feeling entirely alone, she retreats into an interior world. But hope presents itself in the form of empathetic art teacher Mr. Freeman (Steve Zahn, SAHARA, DADDY DAY CARE), who accepts Melinda's silence but pushes her towards other means of self-expression. With his aid and understanding, Melinda is able to discover her voice and talent, as well as regain her joy in life. Based on the award-winning novel by Laurie Halse Anderson, this official Sundance selection offers a sensitive portrayal of a hugely important issue, and features a stunning performance by the tale...
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CastMichael Angarano
Release Date:  2005
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
DVD Release Date:  New Video Group, Inc. (September 27, 2005)
Runtime:  1hr 33min
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Pros: outstanding subject matter, performance by Kristen Stewart     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: "It_cant_be_wrong it can only be right   Just show me what you are feeling   You'll be surprised that how easy it is   Just open up its so healing"   Lindsay Lohan, Speak     There isn’t enough money to tempt me to return to my youth and become 16 years old again, even knowing all I know now. All …
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