Parents' Guide to

Girl Talk

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girls fight bias in male-dominated high school debate field.

Movie PG 2023 92 minutes
Girl Talk Movie poster: images of diverse girls

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Worth watching!

It's fun to watch the young women grow up on screen and be more centered in their beliefs. Also loved how the young men on the team support them and are some of the more outspoken when raising sexism. Refreshing. Love the direction and editing - highly recommend!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Girl Talk does a great job of targeting the kind of prejudice girls and people of color face in debate, as well as in real life. Well-trained female debaters know going in that they are handicapped by the bias judges unknowingly bring to the arena, and much time is spent discussing strategies to combat the unspoken hurdles everyone who isn't a White male faces in debate competitions. The film showcases the way that the students involved become good and informed citizens as they discuss both sides of many polarizing social and political issues, including climate change, subjects that might not otherwise interest high school students.

Images of accomplished female former high school debaters accompany the final credits: Oprah Winfrey, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Toni Morrison, Condoleeza Rice, Stacey Abrams, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Nancy Pelosi. The film doesn't weigh in on whether those who join debate teams already have skills, intelligence, and personality traits that will propel them to great accomplishment or if the debating skills they learned got them there, but it's an interesting question. This is the last film of director Lucia Small, who died in 2022.

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