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Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jeremy Strong, Banks Repeta, Jaylin Webb, Anthony Hopkins, Jessica Chastain
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Coming-of-age period drama written and directed by James Gray. Armageddon Time (2022) is about the strength of family, the complexity of friendship, and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.
Our Favorite Quotes:'In your life, you're going to have your ups and your downs. You'll have big highs, and you're going to have big lows. Yabba dabba doo. So what?' - Aaron Rabinowitz (Armageddon Time) Click To Tweet
Mr. Turkeltaub: You’re back for a repeat performance, I see. No wonder it’s your second time through sixth grade with me, because you got nothing up here.
Johnny Davis: Look who taught me.
Paul Graff: I would’ve said something if you really got in trouble.
Johnny Davis: Don’t matter, Graff. Turkey acts like he can see behind him, like he’s got special powers and s**t, but he don’t ever do nothing.
Johnny Davis: Actually, I stay with my grandma. And she don’t remember nothing. Sometimes she don’t even remember me.
Paul Graff: That’s so weird.
Paul Graff: I think I want to be a famous artist when I grow up.
Aaron Rabinowitz: Oh. You want to be famous, you can do what you like.
Ted Graff: What’s the rocket?
Paul Graff: It’s for school.
Ted Graff: You mean fake school? You actually have to work at my school and get real punishment.
Paul Graff: Ask me if I care, Ted.
Esther Graff: I’ve decided, with your support, that I’m going to run for the district school board.
Mickey Rabinowitz: Oh, that’s wonderful. Wonderful.
Esther Graff: Thank you. Okay. Okay.
Paul Graff: You going to win?
Esther Graff: With your support, yeah. Yeah, I might.
Paul Graff: It sounds like you’re not going to.
Esther Graff: I said I needed your support, not rude comments.
Paul Graff: I can’t see why we just don’t have dumplings every night. This is disgusting.
Esther Graff: It’s not disgusting. And we can’t have dumplings every night, because then we’d never have a single dollar for anything else.
Esther Graff: [referring to Paul] He has no idea the meaning of a dollar. He has no idea how hard we work. He just, he does not get it at all.
Aaron Rabinowitz: I have a knee ache, and you got a headache. Hey, let’s have a dance.
Esther Graff: We’re quite a pair.
Aaron Rabinowitz: [to Esther] Hey, you’re going to be okay. These kids could drive you nuts though.
Paul Graff: Can you stay with me?
Aaron Rabinowitz: Oh, you know, someday you may not want me here.
Paul Graff: That will never happen.
Paul Graff: [referring to Aaron’s mother] Why did she come here?
Aaron Rabinowitz: Because they wanted to kill her. That’s why.
Aaron Rabinowitz: Help me up, will you? God, don’t ever get old.
'Right now I'm just trying to fit in and make friends, even though I don't really feel like I belong.' - Paul Graff (Armageddon Time) Click To Tweet
Aaron Rabinowitz: [as Paul remembers Aaron’s words] Sometimes they’d go out looking for Jews. They’d say, “We’re looking for the Jews.” They stabbed both of them to death right there in front of my mama. For no reason. She had nightmares about it as long as she lived.
Museum Guide: [as Paul is fantasizing] Paul, you are a genius. You have a pure understanding of the work far above anyone else here. And you’ll be a millionaire soon. Look around. You’re already famous.
Paul Graff: [referring to the abstract drawing] I mean, when you think about it, it’s just a bunch of lines and shapes and dots, and you think, “Well, this guy is like a dumb idiot.” Which I can understand, but it’s actually super hard, because look how he crossed through the triangle. Look, there’s like a moon, and then like a frowny face with one eyeball.
Johnny Davis: Oh, yeah, because the eyeballs. So, this is frowny face, and then when you flip it…
Paul, Johnny: Happy face.
Paul Graff: Is everything okay?
Johnny Davis: It’s not because of you, Graff. I’m just tired of taking s**t from everybody.
Esther Graff: [to Paul] It’s Grandpa’s birthday. But he got you a present. Because he’s always thinking of you.
'I've learned over the years, those b****rds who say all that crap and garbage to your face, well, they'll say the same stuff behind your back. And they'll shove a knife straight in your gut. And they'll smile as they do it.' Click To Tweet
Esther Graff: You know, she was a JAP, but she grew up.
Uncle Louis: She was supposed to be Japanese? See, I didn’t get that.
Esther Graff: No, Lobby. She was a Jewish American princess.
Uncle Louis: I never heard of that in all my life.
Paul Graff: I think I want to be an artist when I grow up.
Ted Graff: That’ll make you a ton of money.
Paul Graff: Is that true, Ma?
Esther Graff: Well, it’s a very hard industry. And we don’t have a lot of contacts.
Irving Graff: [to Paul] You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to give you a wonderful book by Edward de Bono called The Art of Success. That’s the only art you need to concern yourself with. You study something you can fall back on. Like computer graphics. Now, that’s a growth industry. That’s a job.
Mr. Turkeltaub: Books, Mr. Davis, something you don’t know anything about.
Johnny Davis: F*** you, Turkey.
'Life is unfair. Sometimes, some people get a raw deal. And I hate that. It's the worst thing in the world. But you have to survive. So, all you can do now is you make the most of your break, and do not look back.' - Irving Graff Click To Tweet
Johnny Davis: [to Paul] The drawing’s excellent, man.
Mr. Turkeltaub: Mr. Davis, I didn’t ask you.
Johnny Davis: That’s because you’re a goddamn turkey, and I’ll f*** you up!
Johnny Davis: [to Paul, referring to smoking cannabis] Let’s boldly go where no man’s gone before.
Esther Graff: [referring to Johnny] You’re not to associate with him again.
Paul Graff: What do you mean? Why?
Esther Graff: I think you know what I mean.
Esther Graff: Your father’s going to have to deal with you.
Paul Graff: Why? What’s he going to do?
Esther Graff: Guess, genius. I’m done sticking up for you.
Irving Graff: [after he’s beat Paul for getting caught smoking cannabis] Get cleaned up for dinner. And wash your teeth after with the Waterpik. Your breath is like trench mouth.
Paul Graff: I hate you. I hate this family.
'I learned a long time ago, you got to be thankful when you're given a leg up.' - Irving Graff (Armageddon Time) Click To Tweet
Irving Graff: [referring to Paul] Someday he’ll learn he’s not the smartest kid on planet Earth.
Johnny Davis: [referring to the clubhouse] Your dad built this whole thing for you? Wow.
Paul Graff: When he wasn’t in an a**hole mood.
Johnny Davis: [referring to school] They sent me up to the third floor with like all the r****ds. So, I decided I’m cutting out for good. Do my own thing.