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Starring: Florence Pugh, Morgan Freeman, Molly Shannon, Celeste O’Connor, Zoe Lister-Jones
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Drama written and directed by Zach Braff. A Good Person (2023) follows Allison (Florence Pugh), whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident. In the following years, she forms an unlikely friendship with her would-be father-in-law, Daniel (Morgan Freeman). As grief-stricken Daniel navigates raising his teenage granddaughter, and Allison seeks redemption, they discover that friendship, forgiveness, and hope can flourish in unlikely places.
Daniel: In Herman Williams seminal work on the joys of being a model train hobbyist, he writes, “Many an hour have I spent blissfully lost in a world of my own creation. For the model train enthusiast, there exists a secret world of order and symmetry. Nestled into the corners of our basements and attics, we lord over a world where the hobbyist plays omnipotent creator. There, in 1:87 scale, the neighbors are always kind. The lovers always end up together. And the trains always take you to the far-off places you always swore you’d go.” In life, of course, nothing is nearly as neat and tidy.
Nathan: Allison. Every memory I cherish in my life has you in it. Some of them are just tiny seconds.
Ryan: You got me here so early.
Daniel: Yeah, well, it’s better to be a half hour early than one minute late.
Allison: [after the car accident, in the hospital] What is he talking about? It wasn’t my fault.
Nathan: Officer, she doesn’t know.
Diane: It wasn’t her fault.
Statetrooper: With an accident of this magnitude involving fatalities, we’re required…
Nathan: She hasn’t been told.
Diane: She hasn’t been told, you f***ing a**hole! She didn’t know!
Allison: Nathan, what’s going on?
Nathan: [referring to Molly and Jesse] They’re gone. They’re both gone.
Allison: Who’s gone?
Diane: What the hell did you do to your hair?
Allison: What? It’s makeover Monday.
Diane: It’s Friday.
Diane: I just don’t understand why you would cut your own hair.
Allison: Well, the girl said it was easy, and it was not.
Diane: What girl?
Allison: This girl on the Internet. She’s an influencer. She influenced me.
Allison: Hey, Mama, can you tell me where my pills are?
Diane: Which ones? We said we were going to wean off of them. Remember?
Allison: Did we?
Allison: Because “we” are in pain, and “we” need more.
Diane: They’re not going to give you more, Allie.
Allison: They have to!
Diane: No, they don’t.
Allison: I need them!
Diane: Allie, I don’t like how you’re acting. You know what? Enough is enough. You got to get out of this living room, take off your pajamas, and get your a**, and go get a job. I’m sick of this crap.
'It's better to be a half hour early than one minute late.' - Daniel (A Good Person) Click To Tweet
Pharmacist Christine: It says here you are out of refills. I see you’ve been on them for over a year now. Your doctor’s probably trying to wean you off of them. As I’m sure you know, they can be very addictive.
Allison: Oh, really? I hadn’t f***ing heard that.
Becka: Karl Marx was wrong. Turns out the opiate of the masses is opium.
Becka: Allie, please tell me you didn’t invite me to breakfast to hit me up for pills.
Becka: If you have a problem, you need to get some help. I can help you find the right rehab.
Allison: Please don’t hand me a pamphlet. I already have one.
Becka: Well, then find them on the street if you have to. Every dive bar in this town’s got a guy with a pharmacy in his front pocket.
Becka: Allison, are you trying to blackmail me for OxyContin?
Allison: I’m just asking you for help. Like as a friend.
'There are some things that are just impossible to forgive. I do believe even God knows that.' - Daniel (A Good Person) Click To Tweet
Becka: Allie, you need help. Destroy my life if you have to. But for the love of God, get some f***ing help!
Diego: She was in that accident on the turnpike. Two people died.
Mark: Holy s**t. That was you. Oh, bro. That would’ve f***ed me up.
Allison: It wasn’t my fault.
Mark: Yeah, I’m sure. But like still.
Allison: I just want to get as far away from here as possible.
Mark: I can’t seem to escape this town. It’s like there’s a force field around it or something. Like some people know how to get out of here. But the rest of us, we just keep banging our heads up against the glass.
'Comparison is the thief of joy.' - Daniel (A Good Person) Click To Tweet
Diego: [to Allison] So you’re like single?
Mark: Yoh. Shut the f*** up, Diego. What? You think she’s going to date you? Where are you going to take her? You live with your mom.
Mark: We’re not used to having pretty girls such as yourself come in here. So, you got to excuse his lack of decor.
Allison: “Decor” is the Bud Light lamp above my head. “Decorum” is his behavior. Neither is currently ideal.
Allison: Hey, can I ask you something like between us old friends?
Diego: You weren’t our friend. You were popular. You were a b**ch.
Mark: Those of us stuck behind this force field, we got to stick together.
Allison: Yeah. Do you know where I could get some Oxy?
Mark: Goddamn, girl. No foreplay. No nothing. No “How are you? How’s your family?”
Mark: Wait. Allie Johnson. Miss lovely Allie Johnson. You just stroll in here. You got no money. And you expect us to get you Oxy? For free. And then you want us to pay for your drink. Why the f*** would we do that?
Allison: Nostalgia? Old friends?
'Down here in 1:87 scale, the lovers always kiss, the neighbors are always kind, and the trains always take you to the far-off places you always swore you'd go. In life, of course, nothing is nearly as neat and tidy.' - Daniel Click To Tweet
Allison: I didn’t think I was better than you. I knew it. I looked down on guys like you. I thought you were Jersey trash that would never be able to make it out of town.
Diego: F***ing b**ch.
Mark: But now you’re sitting here right beside us, and you’re looking for a fix.
Allison: A favor.
Mark: The favor is a fix.
Mark: You’re a f***ing junkie.
Allison: No. I’m not like you.
Mark: Allie Johnson, you’re so much more like who you think we are than we actually are.
Mark: Say it. “I’m a f***ing junkie.” You might like it.
Allison: F*** you. It’s a pill.
Mark: It’s heroin in a pretty little dress.
Mark: Look me in the eyes, and say, “I’m a f***ing junkie.”
Diego: Say it!
Allison: I’m a f***ing junkie.
Mark: Good girl.
Allison: I need help.
Diane: I know. I never should have flushed those pills down the toilet. I had no right. I’m so sorry. I was just so worried.
Allison: Can you help me, please, Mama?
Quinn: [after Daniel catches him in bed with Ryan] I need my clothes.
Daniel: They’re in my house. They’re my clothes now. Run away!
Daniel: Hey, Belinda! I found this fool in bed with my Ryan.
Quinn: She said she eighteen online!
Belinda: You’re a f***boy. He’s a f***boy! That’s what the kids call them! Get out of our neighborhood, f***boy!
Quinn: Okay! Okay!
Daniel: You’re grounded. You hear me? You’re grounded until… S**t, I can’t think of when you won’t be grounded.
Ryan: You can’t just lock me up, Daniel.
Daniel: For the last f***ing time, Ryan, you call me “Grandpa”.
Daniel: Allison, don’t go.
Allison: This was a mistake.
Daniel: No. No, it isn’t. Trust me. I know how hard it is to get here. It’s damn near impossible, and you did it. Don’t run away now because of me.
Allison: There are thousands of meetings. I’ll find another one.
Daniel: Well, yeah. But this one has the best snacks.