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''Listen To Me'' is a 1989 film starring Roy Scheider, Creator/KirkCameron, Jami Gertz and Tim Quill. Young college students under their coach's tutelage debate some hot-button issues, while also struggling to find their paths in life.

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''Listen To Me'' is a 1989 film starring Roy Scheider, Creator/RoyScheider, Creator/KirkCameron, Jami Gertz and Tim Quill. Young college students under their coach's tutelage debate some hot-button issues, while also struggling to find their paths in life.



* RapeAsBackstory: Monica reveals in the final debate how she suffered this when just fourteen. Tucker at first thinks it was just a made-up story, given that Charlie told one earlier to sway people, but then realizes it's true.

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* RapeAsBackstory: Monica reveals in the final debate how she suffered this when just fourteen. Tucker at first thinks it was just a made-up story, given that Charlie told one earlier to sway people, but then realizes it's true.true.
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''Listen To Me'' is a 1989 film starring Roy Scheider, Kirk Cameron, Jami Gertz and Tim Quill. Young college students under their coach's tutelage debate some hot-button issues, while also struggling to find their paths in life.

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''Listen To Me'' is a 1989 film starring Roy Scheider, Kirk Cameron, Creator/KirkCameron, Jami Gertz and Tim Quill. Young college students under their coach's tutelage debate some hot-button issues, while also struggling to find their paths in life.


* ChewbaccaDefense: the protagonists win a debate on abortion through use of the {{appeal to consequences}} [[LogicalFallacies fallacy]]. Not only that, but their debating coach explicitly ''instructs'' them to use stories that sway people in using these. This is [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality treated as completely fine]], however underhanded they are as tactics (that wouldn't be allowed in most real formal debates).

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* ChewbaccaDefense: the The protagonists win a debate on abortion through use of the {{appeal to consequences}} [[LogicalFallacies fallacy]]. Not only that, but their debating coach explicitly ''instructs'' them to use stories that sway people in using these. This is [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality treated as completely fine]], however underhanded they are as tactics (that wouldn't be allowed in most real formal debates).


* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: All the nuances are explored with the debate on abortion, with the protagonists arguing against it. Monica however, who reveals she actually had an abortion, is treated sympathetically. None of the pro-life arguments made ever actually say women that had abortions were bad either.

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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: All the nuances are explored with the debate on abortion, with and the protagonists arguing argue against it. Monica however, who reveals she actually had an abortion, is treated sympathetically. None of the pro-life arguments made ever actually say women that had abortions were bad either.


* ChildByRape: In the final debate, reveals that became pregnant by rape and had an abortion at fourteen. She's using this to argue against abortion, oddly enough, despite saying she'd do the same thing again. Her opponents are unimpressed.

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* ChildByRape: In the final debate, Monica reveals that she became pregnant by rape and had an abortion at fourteen. She's using this to argue against abortion, oddly enough, despite saying that she'd do the same thing again. Her opponents are unimpressed.


* BlatantLies: Charlie, when asked how to sway a Catholic judge in favor of the pro-choice side on abortion, tells about his own mother nearly dying from an illegal abortion which affects them deeply. Then he admits it was made up, but says they should do the same.

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* BlatantLies: Charlie, when asked how to sway a Catholic judge in favor of the pro-choice side on abortion, tells about them a story of his own mother nearly dying from an illegal abortion abortion, which affects them deeply. Then he admits it was made up, but says they should do the same.



* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The message sent, intentional or not, seems to be "win at any cost".


* AttemptedRape: Garson assaults Monica near the end of the film, and seems to be intent on rape until she gets away.

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* AttemptedRape: Garson assaults Monica near the end of the film, and seems to be intent on rape until she gets away.away from him.

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''Listen To Me'' is a 1989 film starring Roy Scheider, Kirk Cameron, Jami Gertz and Tim Quill. Young college students under their coach's tutelage debate some hot-button issues, while also struggling to find their paths in life.
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* AttemptedRape: Garson assaults Monica near the end of the film, and seems to be intent on rape until she gets away.
* BlatantLies: Charlie, when asked how to sway a Catholic judge in favor of the pro-choice side on abortion, tells about his own mother nearly dying from an illegal abortion which affects them deeply. Then he admits it was made up, but says they should do the same.
* ChewbaccaDefense: the protagonists win a debate on abortion through use of the {{appeal to consequences}} [[LogicalFallacies fallacy]]. Not only that, but their debating coach explicitly ''instructs'' them to use stories that sway people in using these. This is [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality treated as completely fine]], however underhanded they are as tactics (that wouldn't be allowed in most real formal debates).
* ChildByRape: In the final debate, reveals that became pregnant by rape and had an abortion at fourteen. She's using this to argue against abortion, oddly enough, despite saying she'd do the same thing again. Her opponents are unimpressed.
* DontYouDarePityMe: Donna doesn't like to be pitied because of having a disability, treated differently or called "handicapped" etc. On the other hand, she doesn't like people ignoring the limits it places on her (like being unable to dance) though she's intent on overcoming these eventually.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: The message sent, intentional or not, seems to be "win at any cost".
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: All the nuances are explored with the debate on abortion, with the protagonists arguing against it. Monica however, who reveals she actually had an abortion, is treated sympathetically. None of the pro-life arguments made ever actually say women that had abortions were bad either.
* HeroicSacrifice: Garson pushes Tucker away from an oncoming car when the two's fight caused him to get out into the street in front of it. [[spoiler: He's struck instead and killed.]]
* RapeAsBackstory: Monica reveals in the final debate how she suffered this when just fourteen. Tucker at first thinks it was just a made-up story, given that Charlie told one earlier to sway people, but then realizes it's true.

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