Copyright Notice: It’s easy to see when our selected quotes have been copied and pasted, as you’re also copying our format, mistakes, and movie scene descriptions. If you decide to copy from us please be kind and either link back, or refer back to our site. Please check out our copyright policies here. Thanks!
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jayne Houdyshell
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Apple TV+/A24 psychological drama directed by Lila Neugebauer. Causeway (2022) follows Lynsey (Jennifer Lawrence), a US soldier who suffers a traumatic brain injury while deployed in Afghanistan which forces her to return home and struggles to adjust to life back home.
Our Favorite Quotes:'If it get dark now, you just ride it.' - James (Causeway) Click To Tweet
Sharon: I got so good at taking care of him, I thought, why can’t I do that for a living? So I went back to school and got licensed.
Lynsey: What a miserable life. I’m so sorry.
Sharon: It’s okay. People say things they don’t mean. Sometimes they can’t remember words. It’ll get easier.
Sharon: I know this is hard.
Lynsey: This isn’t hard. Driving a car shouldn’t be a victory.
Sharon: I mean leaving. Transition can be hard.
Lynsey: I should be getting back anyway.
Sharon: Back home.
Lynsey: No, back to work. Redeploy.
Sharon: You’ve made a lot of progress, but you’re not ready to go back to work. Not nearly.
Lynsey: Then what the hell was the point in all of this?
Sharon: Organize yourself. Prep for memory gaps. Make lists. Keep your lists. Put like with like. Find two of something, put them together like we worked on.
Lynsey: I’m not going to forget.
Sharon: People do. They can get a little ahead of themselves.
Sharon: It can help to be with people.
Lynsey: I’m good on my own.
Rick: Why do you want to clean pools?
Lynsey: I like the water.
James: [referring to fixing her car] When I get the part, I’ll call you for an estimate. Yeah?
Lynsey: I don’t know my number.
James: I mean, it’s just business.
Lynsey: No. I really don’t know my number.
Rick: The drains are serious. You don’t know what’s in those drains. You can tell a lot about a person because of what’s in their pool drains.
Rick: People treat their pools like s**t.
Lynsey: Do you swim?
James: [as he show her his leg] Not exactly, no.
Lynsey: I saw it in your walk.
Lynsey: Did you serve?
James: No. I take it you did?
Lynsey: Something like that. I just got back.
James: How is it going?
[Lynsey shrugs her shoulders]
Dr. Lucas: With brain injuries, there are never any guarantees.
Lynsey: I’m feeling pretty good. In fact, I’d like to know what would happen if I stopped taking the medication?
Dr. Lucas: You’d be a high risk of seizure, anxiety, withdrawal and depression.
Lynsey: I’m just asking to come off these meds. I’ve never been medicated before, and I don’t intend to be for the rest of my life.
Dr. Lucas: Lynsey, if you’re looking for a neurologist who will give and take prescriptions like candies, I’m not the guy.
Lynsey: I have a job. I got a job.
Gloria: You did? Doing what?
Lynsey: Cleaning pools.
Gloria: What are you doing?
Lynsey: Pools. I’m cleaning them.
'It can help to be with people.' - Sharon (Causeway) Click To Tweet
Lynsey: [referring to cleaning pools] It’s just temporary until I can go back.
Gloria: What do you mean “back”? Are you kidding me? When were you going to tell me that? Wait, will they even take you back?
Lynsey: I’m going to try.
Gloria: In the shape you’re in?
Lynsey: It’s not your problem.
Gloria: It is my problem when I get a call in the middle of the night from some doctor in Germany telling me my kid got blown up.
Lynsey: Hey, what’s going on with my truck?
James: What truck? No, things just get busy. I got this white lady. She keep calling me to help her move gym equipment all the time. You know what I’m saying?
James: How the pool business going?
Lynsey: It’s cut-throat.
Lynsey: I’m kind of on a lot of medication.
James: What kind of medication?
Lynsey: Like “don’t shoot yourself in the head” kind of medication.
James: Okay. You mean like pain pills? Crazy pills? Happy pills?
Lynsey: So far, just pain and crazy.
Bro: [as a guy at the bar is heckling Lynsey] Hey, I’ll buy you a beer too, bro.
James: Deaf and blind. No, because I already got a beer. And, you know, my girl said no.
Bro: I’m not picking up that vibe. Are you his girl?
Lynsey: I’m really sorry. I have a boyfriend.
Bro: Wait. Wait. So she’s your girl, and she has a boyfriend?
James: Yeah, that’s exactly right. She my girl, and she got a boyfriend. That okay with you, bro?
Bro: Don’t shoot me for trying.
'You can tell a lot about a person because of what's in their pool drains.' - Rick (Causeway) Click To Tweet
James: I didn’t know you had a boyfriend.
Lynsey: Oh, I don’t have a boyfriend. Are you with anybody?
James: No. I was engaged. Once.
Lynsey: What happened?
James: Lost my leg.
Lynsey: I don’t have boyfriends. I have girlfriends. I mean, not right now, but when I do, that’s what I have.
James: Okay. I wasn’t…
Lynsey: No. I know what you were doing, and I really appreciate it. I’m just telling you that, because now you know that about me.
James: Okay. Well, Okay. It’s cool. Thank you?
Lynsey: You’re welcome.
Lynsey: What happened to your leg?
James: Sheesh. I really didn’t see that coming.
Lynsey: Well, what happened to it?
James: I was in a car accident. I got in a car accident with Jess, and her son, my nephew, Antoine. On the causeway.
James: I remember looking in my rearview mirror, and I could see Jess’s face. I just remember looking in her eyes. It was like she was saying bye. Like, “See you later.”
Lynsey: Did Jess die?
James: No. No, not Jess.
Lynsey: I’m so sorry.
James: Hey, you good? Hey, look, if it get dark now, you just ride it. Okay?
Lynsey: Yeah. How do I do that?
James: Alright, what’s dark?
Lynsey: Being back here.
James: So you don’t got love for this city?
Lynsey: It’s not the city.
James: Then what is it?
Lynsey: It’s not the city. It’s that house.
Lynsey: [referring to her brother] I miss him. He and I were both trapped in that house. But I’m the only one that made it out. Anyway, and then I just never thought I would come back here. But then I got blown up.
Lynsey: I don’t think it’s healthy. Staying.
James: For her? Or for me?
Lynsey: Actually, me.
'It would be good to have someone around. Have coffee with in the morning. Smoke in the evening. Cook dinner sometimes.' - Lynsey (Causeway) Click To Tweet
James: [after he offers her a room at his house] I’m not hitting on you or nothing. I’m just…
Lynsey: I know. But you’re drunk.
James: That’s true. It would just be nice to have someone around. Have coffee together in the morning. You know, smoke in the evening. Cook together sometimes. It’s what we used to do.
Gloria: I thought you were the responsible one.
Lynsey: I am the responsible one.
Gloria: Just don’t turn into your aunt Leslie. Or anyone from my family. Or your father’s side.
Gloria: [referring to Lynsey’s doctor’s appointment] They treat you better if you have someone with you. They know somebody cares about you, so you must not be too awful.
Gloria: Why did you go so far away?
Lynsey: I don’t know. I wanted to.
Gloria: But why? Why did you want to?
Lynsey: A lot of reasons.
Gloria: Any you want to share?
Gloria: You just couldn’t stand it here? You can tell me the truth.
Lynsey: No, I couldn’t.
Lynsey: [referring to Gloria] Stupid to think I could depend on her.
James: She let you down a lot?
Lynsey: Yeah. Somehow it still surprises me.
Lynsey: [after she drops her cup of sno-ball] I don’t want another sno-ball. I want to not f***ing drop s**t. Sorry.
James: So, you drop s**t. What’s that about?
Lynsey: I still have a few glitches from the accident.
James: So that’s what the doctor for? Fixing that?
Lynsey: No. I mean, I’m fixed.
James: So, this doctor you going to, you just going for fun?
Lynsey: No, I need him to clear me, so I can go back.
James: You got blown up over there, and you want to go back?
Lynsey: I just have to get out of here.
Lynsey: I used to practice holding my breath as a kid.
James: What’s the longest you’ve ever held it?
Lynsey: Twenty-six years.
James: Ah, I got you beat by four years.
James: [referring to his car accident] Antoine, he was sitting next to me. He was in the passenger seat. Kept saying he wanted to sit next to me in the front seat, so. And Jess said no, that he was too small and that he needed to be in the child seat. And I said yes. I said yes. I thought I was supposed to say yes to s**t like that. Give him what he asks for. Spoil him. You see…
Lynsey: I do. You don’t need to say anything.
[she then embraces him]
Lynsey: [referring to kissing him] I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.
James: Why did you do it then?
Lynsey: I just felt so bad for you.
James: I got enough people feeling bad for me.
Lynsey: That’s not how I meant it.
James: Then what did you mean? Ah, yeah. You don’t know.
Lynsey: So I don’t want to f*** you, now you don’t want to be friends?
James: Oh, okay. I want to f*** you. I want to f*** you, but you just kissed me. You really need to figure your s**t out. I don’t even understand you.
James: [after she reveals that her brother is in jail for being a dealer] You only talk about him like he dead.
Lynsey: Maybe that’s how it feels! Why does it f***ing matter to you?
James: That is bulls**t. Oh, you want people to think he gone so they don’t know you left his a** for dead.
Lynsey: You don’t know s**t about it, or about me. Did you just assume we were the same, broken people wallowing in it?
Lynsey: You think I lied about my brother? What about you? You let your nephew ride in the front seat that night. What else did you leave out? Were you drinking? Were you drinking?
James: I’d had two beers. What’s your excuse though? How you treat your friends, your family. Everybody there, just to be escaped from. Just to be left behind. Like they let you down instead of the other way around.
Lynsey: I want to go where I’m useful.
Dr. Lucas: Can you go back? Yes. Should you got back? It’s a different question.
Lynsey: You said the link between trauma and depression is stronger than the link between smoking and cancer.
Dr. Lucas: Much stronger.
Lynsey: What if Afghanistan wasn’t the only trauma? What then?
Dr. Lucas: Okay, Lynsey. I’ll sign the waiver.
Justin: [as she visits him in prison, signing] It’s you. You’re alive.
Lynsey: Yeah, I’m alive.
Justin: [signing to Lynsey] Honestly, I’m better off in here. I’m safe here. Out there, I don’t trust myself.
Lynsey: [signing] I got hurt. But I’m okay.
Justin: [signing] I’m really sorry.
Lynsey: [signing] I’m not sad for me. I’m just sorry too.
Justin: [signing] I miss you. I miss you.
James: So, what you doing here?
Lynsey: You asked me if I wanted to move in, remember?
James: No. I remember.
Lynsey: Would you want to make the offer again? It would be good to have someone around. Have coffee with in the morning. Smoke in the evening. Cook dinner sometimes.
James: And what’s that supposed to mean?
Lynsey: They’re all things you said.
James: So, you’re not leaving?
Lynsey: I don’t think so. Not now, at least. And I’m trying to make a friend.