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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.