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Starring: Ben Platt, Kaitlyn Dever, Amandla Stenberg, Nik Dodani, Colton Ryan, Danny Pino, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Musical drama directed by Stephen Chbosky based on the award-winning musical of the same name. Dear Evan Hansen (2021) centers on Evan Hansen (Ben Platt), a high school student with social anxiety disorder whose letter to himself, one that was not meant to be seen by others, lands into the wrong hands of fellow classmate, Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan), who, as a result, commits suicide. This sends Evan on a journey of self-discovery and gives him the chance to finally be accepted by his peers and live the life he never dreamed he could have.
Our Favorite Quote:'Today at least you're you. No hiding, no lying. And that's enough. So no matter how hard it gets, even if it feels impossible, this time you'll know. Don't let go. Just hold on, and keep going. Just keep going.' - Evan Hansen Click To Tweet
Evan Hansen: [writing to himself] Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be an amazing day, and here’s why. Because today, all you have to do is just be yourself! But also confident. That’s important. And interesting. Easy to talk to. Approachable. But mostly, just be yourself. You know, that’s number one, obviously. Be yourself. But like a confident version of yourself. Like approachable, and interesting, and not weird, or anxious, or depressed. But you’re not weird, or anxious, or depressed. I don’t even know why you’re bringing it up. You can’t be scared to talk to other people. You said that you’d be better. You said this year would be different. You’re overthinking it. Do you like having no friends? All you have to do is just be yourself.
Heidi Hansen: [referring to his therapist] Have you been doing those letters he wants you to do? “Dear Evan Hansen.”
Evan Hansen: I’ve been trying to.
Jared Kalwani: [to Evan, referring to Zoe] I was kidding. You obviously should not talk to her. You are a literal disaster.
Evan Hansen: How was camp?
Jared Kalwani: Well, I put on thirteen pounds of pure muscle. Also, I hooked up with this Brazilian dude who is literally a supermodel. So, yeah. Hope that answers your question.
Evan Hansen: Hey, would you want to sign my cast? You could be the first.
Jared Kalwani: Why would I do that?
Evan Hansen: Well, I just, I thought because we’re friends.
Jared Kalwani: We’re family friends, Evan. That’s an entirely different thing. Please respect that.
Evan Hansen: [writing to himself] Dear Evan Hansen, turns out this wasn’t an amazing day after all. This isn’t going to be an amazing week, or an amazing year. Because why would it be? Oh, I know. Because there’s Zoe. Who I don’t even know, and who doesn’t know me. But maybe if I did, maybe if I could just talk to her, maybe things would be better. Or maybe nothing would be different at all.
Evan Hansen: [in the letter to himself] I wish everything was different. I wish I was different. I wish I was part of something. I wish that anything I said mattered to anyone. But it doesn’t, and it never did. And it never will. I mean, face it, would anyone even notice if I just disappeared tomorrow? Sincerely, your best and most dearest friend, Me.
Connor Murphy: What happened to your arm?
Evan Hansen: I was climbing a tree, and I fell.
Connor Murphy: You fell out of a tree? That’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard.
Evan Hansen: I know.
Connor Murphy: [after signing Evan’s arm cast] Now we can both pretend we have friends.
Jared Kalwani: [after Connor takes Evan’s letter] A letter to yourself. I mean, what is that? Like some kind of sex thing?
Evan Hansen: No. No, it’s not a sex thing. It was an assignment from my therapist.
Jared Kalwani: Ew. Why are you telling me this?
Evan Hansen: Well, I didn’t know who else to tell. You’re my only family friend.
Jared Kalwani: Oh, that’s sad.
Cynthia Murphy: [gives Evan his own letter] Connor wanted you to have this.
Larry Mora: Yeah, we didn’t know you were friends. Well, we didn’t think Connor had any friends, frankly. And then we see this note, and it seems to suggest pretty clearly that you and Connor were, or at least for Connor.
Cynthia Murphy: “Dear Evan Hansen.” He addressed it to you. He wrote it to you. These are the words that he wanted to share with you.
Larry Mora: His last words. Connor took his own life.
Evan Hansen: He what?
Evan Hansen: I’m sorry, Connor didn’t, he didn’t write this. Connor didn’t write this.
Cynthia Murphy: What does that mean?
Larry Mora: Well, he’s obviously in shock.
Cynthia Murphy: [referring to the letter] No, you don’t understand. This is all that we have. This is the only thing that we have left!
Larry Mora: Cynthia, listen to me.
Cynthia Murphy: No. No. Don’t go.
Evan Hansen: Okay, then you take it. Please take it, okay?
Cynthia Murphy: No. No, don’t go. Don’t. Please stay. Please.
[she sees Connor’s name on Evan’s arm cast]
Evan Hansen: His best and most dearest friend.
Jared Kalwani: Well, what are you going to tell them?
Evan Hansen: I mean, the truth.
Jared Kalwani: I don’t know, man. I mean, are you really going to tell these people that the only thing they have left of their son is a sex letter that you wrote to yourself?
Zoe Murphy: The only time I saw you two together was when he was screaming in your face at school last week.
Cynthia Murphy: He was screaming at you?
Evan Hansen: Yeah. Yeah.
Cynthia Murphy: Well, that wasn’t very nice.
Zoe Murphy: Well, Connor wasn’t very nice, so that actually makes sense.
Cynthia Murphy: I think that everybody at this table can agree that Connor was a complicated person.
Zoe Murphy: No, he was a bad person.
Larry Mora: Zoe, please.
Zoe Murphy: Don’t pretend like you don’t agree with me.
Cynthia Murphy: You refuse to remember any of the good things.
Zoe Murphy: Because there were no good things. What were the good things?
Jared Kalwani: [referring to Connor] I mean, they think you were lovers. You realize that, right?
Evan Hansen: Oh, my God.
Jared Kalwani: I thought you were going to tell them the truth.
Evan Hansen: I tried, but then I just, I got nervous, and I started talking. And then once I started, I just…
Jared Kalwani: Couldn’t stop.
Evan Hansen: They didn’t want me to stop.
Greg: Hansen! Kalwani! Pick it up!
Jared Kalwani: No, thank you.
Greg: What was that?
Jared Kalwani: I said thank you for the encouragement! Fascist.
Evan Hansen: [referring to Cynthia] She wants to see the emails.
Jared Kalwani: And now you want me to make a bunch of fake emails for you. Classic.
Evan Hansen: You know how to do that?
Jared Kalwani: It’s simple coding.
Evan Hansen: But you failed coding.
Jared Kalwani: If you consider a D minus failing.
Evan Hansen: I didn’t even ask for your help.
Jared Kalwani: Two hundred and fifty, bottom line. Take it or leave it.
Evan Hansen: I could probably give you twenty bucks.
Jared Kalwani: Fine, but I’m not going to act like I’m happy about it.
Larry Mora: How was school?
Zoe Murphy: Terrific. All of a sudden, people I’ve never met want to be my best friend. I’m the dead kid’s sister, didn’t you know?
Cynthia Murphy: I’m sure they mean well.
Zoe Murphy: I’m sure they don’t.
Alana Beck: [referring to Connor] I always really liked him. It seemed like he didn’t really care what anyone else thought, and I thought that was pretty remarkable.
Zoe Murphy: What about your dad?
Evan Hansen: My dad, he lives in Colorado, so. He left when I was seven.
Zoe Murphy: That sucks. Mine died when I was one, so I sort of win.
Zoe Murphy: [referring to Cynthia] She gets into a lot of different things. For a while, it was Pilates. The Secret. Buddhism. Et cetera.
Evan Hansen: It’s cool that she’s interested in so much different stuff.
Zoe Murphy: Yeah, she’s not though. That’s just what happens when you’re rich and you don’t have a job. You get a little crazy.
Evan Hansen: Well, my mom always says it’s better to be rich than poor, so.
Zoe Murphy: Yeah, well, your mom’s probably never been rich then.
Evan Hansen: Yeah, you’ve probably never been poor. Oh, my God. I can’t believe I just said that. I’m so sorry.
Zoe Murphy: Wow. I didn’t realize you were capable of saying something that wasn’t nice.
Zoe Murphy: We weren’t close at all. Not since we were kids. He never noticed anything about me.
Evan Hansen: That’s not true. That’s not true. He noticed a lot of things about you.
Larry Mora: We asked if they had any soy ice cream, but the guy at the store said there was just no “whey”, so.
Zoe Murphy: When are you going to give up that joke?
Larry Mora: I think never, actually.