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Netflix sci-fi black comedy written and directed by Adam McKay. Don’t Look Up (2021) follows two low-level astronomers, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence), who go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching comet that will destroy planet Earth.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Thing of it is, we really did have everything, didn't we? I mean, when you think about it.' - Dr. Randall Mindy (Don't Look Up) Click To Tweet
Dr. Calder: It’s a professor and a bunch of Michigan State students who identified something big.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Really? How large?
Dr. Calder: How big we talking?
Matthew: We clocked it in around five to ten kilometers wide.
Dr. Calder: About five to ten kilometers wide.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: That’s a big boy.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: What are the most updated estimates on its trajectory?
Dr. Randall Mindy: Kate?
Kate Dibiasky: I’ve been running it all day. I keep getting the same result. A direct hit of Earth in six months and fourteen days.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Me too.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: And it’s roughly five to ten kilometers wide. Which…
Dr. Randall Mindy: Isn’t that an extinction-level event?
Dr. Calder: Well, let’s not be dramatic here.
Dr. Randall Mindy: This isn’t happening, right? Kate, this isn’t real, right? This is just some sort of alternate reality, right? Say something.
Kate Dibiasky: I got to go get high.
'Not everything needs to sound so clever, or charming, or likeable all the time. Sometimes we need to just be able to say things to one another. We need to hear things.' - Dr. Randall Mindy (Don't Look Up) Click To Tweet
Kate Dibiasky: Are we really about to tell the president of the United States that we have just over six months until humankind, basically every species, is completely extinct?
Dr. Randall Mindy: Yeah. That’s exactly what we’re about to do. Yeah.
Kate Dibiasky: Well, there’s a bunch of stuff about their nominee not being qualified, but I don’t see any articles about our thing.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Social media is just going on and on about that singer Riley Bina and DJ Chello breaking up. That’s just too bad. They seem like sweet kids.
Dr. Randall Mindy: I don’t know them. It’s a shame though. Do you know them, Kate?
Kate Dibiasky: Yes. But I don’t really give a s**t right now.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Oh.
Kate Dibiasky: The snacks are free.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: What?
Kate Dibiasky: The general, he charged us for the snacks. But they’re free.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Oh, gosh.
Kate Dibiasky: Why on earth would he do that?
Phillip: [over phone] She asked you if you were a lesbian. She did not say that you were a lesbian. It was a question.
Kate Dibiasky: Hey, look, can I sit down with your mom to have lunch in like seven months?
Phillip: Seven. That’s weirdly specific and distant. This is my mom.
'A man's always got choices. Sometimes you just got to choose the good one.' Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe (Don't Look Up) Click To Tweet
President Orlean: I heard there’s an asteroid, or a comet, or something, that you don’t like the looks of. Tell me about it, and then tell me why you’re telling me about it. You got twenty minutes.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Twenty minutes?
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: That’s you, Doc. Go. Now. Go.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Madam President, approximately thirty-six hours ago, PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky here discovered a very large comet.
President Orlean: Oh. Good for you.
Dr. Randall Mindy: A comet between five to ten kilometers across, that we estimate came from the Oort cloud. Which is the outermost part of the solar system. And using Gauss’s method of orbital determination, and the average astrometric uncertainty of point zero four arcseconds, we then asked…
President Orlean: Woh, woh, woh. What?
Jason Orlean: I’m so bored. Just tell us what it is.
Kate Dibiasky: What Dr. Mindy is trying to say is there’s a comet headed directly towards Earth. And according to NASA’s computers, that object is going to hit the Pacific Ocean at sixty-two miles due west off the coast of Chile.
Jason Orlean: Then what happens? Like a tidal wave?
Dr. Randall Mindy: No. It will be far more catastrophic. There will be mile-high tsunamis fanning out all across the globe. If this comet makes impact, it will have the power of a billion Hiroshima bombs. There will be magnitude ten or eleven earthquakes.
Jason Orlean: You’re breathing weird. It’s making me uncomfortable.
Dr. Randall Mindy: I’m sorry, I’m just trying to articulate the science.
Jason Orlean: I know. But it’s like so stressful. I’m trying to like listen.
Dr. Randall Mindy: I don’t think you understand the gravity of the situation. I’m trying to articulate it the best I can.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Madam President, this comet is what we call a planet-killer.
Dr. Randall Mindy: That is correct.
President Orlean: So how certain is this?
Dr. Randall Mindy: There’s one hundred percent certainty of impact.
President Orlean: Please, don’t say a hundred percent.
Secretary of the Interior: Can we just call it a potentially significant event?
Kate Dibiasky: But it isn’t potentially going to happen. It is going to happen.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Exactly. Ninety-nine point seven eight percent, to be exact.
Jason Orlean: Oh, great. Okay, so it’s not a hundred percent.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Well, scientists never like to say one hundred percent.
President Orlean: Call it seventy percent, and let’s just, let’s move on.
Kate Dibiasky: But it’s not even close to seventy percent.
President Orlean: You cannot go around saying to people that there’s a hundred percent chance that they’re going to die. You know? It’s just nuts.
President Orlean: We should get some of our scientists on this. You know, no offense. But you’re just two people that walked in here with…
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Dr. Oglethorpe.
President Orlean: Dr. Ogilvy. Yeah.
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: I’ve been head of planetary defense at NASA for fifteen years. And Dr. Mindy is a tenured professor of astronomy at Michigan State, where Miss Dibiasky is a doctoral candidate.
President Orlean: Good.
Jason Orlean: I’m sorry. Did you say Michigan State?
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Exactly. They have an excellent astronomy department.
Jason Orlean: Come on, bro.
Kate Dibiasky: Are you kidding? You want to see my f***ing SAT scores?
President Orlean: The timing is just, it’s atrocious. Okay, at this very moment, I say we sit tight and assess.
Jason Orlean: Sit tight and assess.
'Everything is theoretically impossible until it is done. And with that, we are go for launch.' - Dr. Randall Mindy (Don't Look Up) Click To Tweet
Kate Dibiasky: Am I to understand correctly that, after all of the information you’ve received today, the decision you’re making is to “sit tight and assess”?
Jason Orlean: I’m sorry. Who is she?
Kate Dibiasky: Who the f*** are you? Aren’t you her son?
Jason Orlean: I’m the f***ing Chief of Staff, Boy with the Dragon Tattoo. So I’m doing fine.
Kate Dibiasky: [quietly to Mindy] We got to get out of here. This place is a freak show.
President Orlean: Okay, funny story. When I was running for president, I had to sneak cigarettes for the whole first month of the campaign because, you know, photographs of me smoking went for, what, a hundred grand a pop? So, I’m always hiding, but, you know, I just got sick of it. And I just said, “You know what, I’m going to smoke whenever I want to.” Guess what happened? I went up three points in the polls.
Jason Orlean: They loved that she kept it real. They love watching a smokeshow smoke. I can’t think of another president that I’d ever want to see in Playboy.
President Orlean: Do you know how many “the world is ending” meetings that we’ve had over the years? Economic collapse, loose nukes, car exhaust killing the atmosphere. Rogue AI.
Jason Orlean: Drought, famine, plague.
President Orlean: Everything.
Jason Orlean: Alien invasion, population growth, hole in the ozone.
President Orlean: Jason, hey. Read the room for once in your life.
Jason Orlean: Sorry, mom.
Dr. Randall Mindy: You’re saying we’re just going to leak it to the press? Isn’t that illegal?
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: Hell, yeah. We’re going to leak it. In case you didn’t notice, the White House just blew us off.
'The truth is way more depressing.' - Kate Dibiasky (Don't Look Up) Click To Tweet
Dr. Randall Mindy: I just feel like this isn’t what I do. You know?
Dr. Teddy Oglethorpe: You’re just telling a story. Keep it simple. No math.
Dr. Randall Mindy: But it’s all math.
Dr. Randall Mindy: I just have a question here. How is it criminal if we just tell people, like the public, you know, what we saw, and tell them the truth? Right?
Benjamin: Make sure this one gets some kind of media training before he hits the shows. He seems a step slow.
Dr. Randall Mindy: What does that mean, I need media training?
Dr. Randall Mindy: You guys know what The Daily Rip is?
Phillip: It’s like the best show. Everyone wants to be on it. Brie and Jack, they’ve got legendary chemistry. They asked me to go on once. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep for two nights, but then they cut me for time. Still hurts me to think about that.
Chief Editor Paula Woods: [referring to Mindy and Kate] White House is denying they even met with them.
Adul Grelio: Well, a**holes will always be a**holes.
Kate Dibiasky: They know what we’re here to talk about, right?
Sean: Of course. Jack and Brie love doing science segments. Just remember, keep it light, fun. Jack and Brie love having a good time.
Kate Dibiasky: Well, that’s not promising.
'We ask for Your grace tonight, despite our pride. Your forgiveness, despite our doubt. We ask for Your love to soothe us through these dark times. May we face whatever is to come in Your divine will with courage and open hearts.' Click To Tweet
Riley Bina: You guys discovered a comet? That’s so dope. I have a tattoo of a shooting star on my back.
Dr. Randall Mindy: Oh. That’s terrific.
Dr. Randall Mindy: We heard about your breakup too. So we just want to say, we’re very sorry, right? We’re real sorry. You seem like a great person.
Riley Bina: Why don’t you mind your own business, you old f***?
Jack Bremmer: Can I ask you one thing before we go any further? I just have to know this. Is there life out there? Can you tell us? Yes or no, final answer.
Dr. Randall Mindy: We don’t have the data. But sure, in the vastness of space, why not? Yes, aliens are real.
Jack Bremmer: See, I knew I would like this guy. Didn’t I tell? You owe me fifty bucks.
Dr. Randall Mindy: I’m not saying there’s little green men in flying saucers.
Kate Dibiasky: I saw something I didn’t recognize. It was a comet. A big one. It’s headed directly at Earth, and it really likely will hit.
Jack Bremmer: This sounds very, very exciting. Exploding stars, like stars actually explode. So, how big is this thing? Can it destroy someone’s house? Is that possible?
'There's dope stuff, like material stuff, like sick apartments, and watches, and cars, and clothes, and s**t, that could all go away, and I don't want to see that stuff go away. So I'm going to say a prayer for that stuff. Amen.' Click To Tweet
Dr. Randall Mindy: It would damage the entire planet. Not just a house, you know?
Jack Bremmer: The entire planet. Okay, well, as it’s damaging, will it hit this one house in particular, that’s right on the coast of New Jersey? It’s my ex-wife’s house. I need it to be here. Can we make that happen?
Brie Evantee: You and Shelly have a great relationship. Stop. You need to stop.
Jack Bremmer: I will, but in all fairness, I actually paid for the house.
Kate Dibiasky: I’m sorry. Are we not being clear? We’re trying to tell you, that the entire planet is about to be destroyed.
Jack Bremmer: Okay.
Brie Evantee: Well, it’s, you know, it’s something we do around here. We just keep the bad news light.
Jack Bremmer: Right. It helps the medicine go down.