Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, David Clennon, Lisa Banes, Missi Pyle, Emily Ratajkowski, Casey Wilson, Lola Kirke, Boyd Holbrook, Sela Ward, Jamie McShane, Scoot McNairy, Ricky Wood
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Psychological thriller directed by David Fincher, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn who scripted the film. Gone Girl (2014) centers on married couple Nick and Amy Dunne (Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike), who seemingly have a very happy marriage. However on their fifth wedding anniversary Amy goes missing under suspicious circumstances. Soon a media frenzy begins and under pressure from the police Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble and he becomes the main suspect in Amy’s disappearance.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Nick Dunne: When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. I picture cracking her lovely skull, unspooling her brains, trying to get answers. The primal questions of any marriage. “What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other?”
Nick Dunne: It’s our anniversary. Five years.
Margo Dunne: Five? That came fast.
Nick Dunne: And furious.
Amy Dunne: [writing in her diary] I’m so crazy, stupid happy. I met a boy. A great, sweet, gorgeous, cool-a** guy.
Amy Dunne: [after their first meeting] They already relieved me of my artisanal meat platter.
Nick Dunne: Finally, someone tells me how to pronounce that word.
Amy Dunne: “Meat”?
Nick Dunne: Yes, “meat”. One syllable.
Amy Dunne: I prefer men who are funny, not “funny”.
Nick Dunne: Well, Amy, who are you?
Amy Dunne: A, I’m an award-winning scrimshander. B, I’m a moderately influential warlord. C, I write personality quizzes for magazines.
Nick Dunne: Okay. Well, your hands are far too delicate for real scrimshaw work. And I happen to be a charter subscriber to Middling Warlord Weekly, so I’d recognize you. I’m going to go with C.
Amy Dunne: And you? Who are you?
Nick Dunne: I’m the guy to save you from all this awesomeness.
Amy Dunne: It’s hard to believe you.
Nick Dunne: Why?
Amy Dunne: I think it’s your chin.
Nick Dunne: My chin?
Amy Dunne: Yeah, it’s quite villainous.
Nick Dunne: I have to kiss you now.
Amy Dunne: Is that right?
Nick Dunne: I can’t let you go through a sugar storm unkissed.
'The primal questions of any marriage. “What are you thinking? How are you feeling? What have we done to each other?”' - Nick Dunne (Gone Girl) Click To Tweet
Amy Dunne: Nick Dunne, I really like you.
Nick Dunne: Life. I don’t remember the point.
Margo Dunne: Deep Hasbro thoughts.
Margo Dunne: [referring to wedding anniversaries] What’s the gift for five?
Nick Dunne: Wood.
Margo Dunne: So, what did you get her?
Nick Dunne: There’s no good gift for wood.
Margo Dunne: I know. Go home, f*** her brains out, slap her with your p**is. “There’s some wood for you, b**ch.”
Detective Rhonda Boney: Wait a minute. Your wife is Amazing Amy?
Nick Dunne: Yeah. She is.
'Want to test your marriage for weak spots? Add one recession, subtract two jobs. It's surprisingly effective.' - Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) Click To Tweet
Amy Dunne: [writing in her diary] Amazing f***ing Amy is getting f***ing married. That’s how the night started. With me, regular, flawed, real Amy, jealous, as always, of the golden child. Perfect, brilliant, Amazing Amy, who’s getting f***ing married.
Nick Dunne: Your parents literally plagiarized your childhood.
Amy Dunne: No, they improved upon it, and then peddled it to the masses.
Amy Dunne: I love having strangers pick at my scabs.
Nick Dunne: Amy Elliott, you are more than amazing. You are brilliant, yet entirely unsnobby. You challenge me. You surprise me. And, fun fact for the readers, you have a world-class v***na.
Nick Dunne: Now, my colleagues tell me that you are not yet married. Is that correct?
Amy Dunne: I’m not.
Nick Dunne: Isn’t it time we fixed that?
Amy Dunne: [narrating] And then, the night wasn’t so bad anymore.
Nick Dunne: [after Amy’s gone missing] You’re having a press conference?
Detective Rhonda Boney: Yeah, I want to get the word out, right?
Nick Dunne: Yeah, it’s just all of a sudden, I feel like I’m on a Law & Order episode.
'Grown-ups work for things. Grown-ups pay. Grown-ups suffer consequences.' - Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) Click To Tweet
Detective Rhonda Boney: So, your wife has no friends here. Is she kind of standoffish? Ivy League? Rubs people the wrong way?
Nick Dunne: She’s from New York. She’s complicated. She’s got very high standards.
Detective Rhonda Boney: Type A? Well, that can make you crazy if you’re not like that. You seem pretty laid-back. Type B.
Detective Rhonda Boney: [to Nick] You don’t know if she has friends, you don’t know what she does all day, and you don’t know your wife’s blood type.
Officer James Gilpin: Sure you all are married?
Officer James Gilpin: Should I know my wife’s blood type?
Detective Rhonda Boney: No.
Amy Dunne: [writing in her diary] Everyone told us, and told us, and told us marriage is hard work. And compromise, and more work. “Abandon all hope, ye who enter.” Well, it’s not true. Not for me and Nick. With us, two years, it’s just good.
'We have each other. Everything else is background noise.' - Amy Dunne (Gone Girl) Click To Tweet
Amy Dunne: [to Nick] We’re so cute. I want to punch us in the face.
Margo Dunne: Well, did they ask personal stuff about Amy?
Nick Dunne: You know, they asked like why didn’t she have any friends?
Margo Dunne: What did you say?
Nick Dunne: I said she was complicated.
Margo Dunne: Nick! Everyone knows “complicated” is code for “b**ch”.
Margo Dunne: It’s so bizarre. It seems like the kind of thing that would happen to Amy. She always attracts…
Nick Dunne: Drama? You can say it. It’s just me and you.
Margo Dunne: Just because I don’t like to be around Amy it doesn’t mean I don’t care about her. Anyway, whoever took her is bound to bring her back.
Officer James Gilpin: House is rented in her name. Car’s in her name. Credit cards, utilities, phone bill, all in her name. Even his bar is in her name.
Detective Rhonda Boney: I don’t know that that’s so surprising.
Officer James Gilpin: No. But it is humiliating.
Detective Rhonda Boney: You know, I thought maybe this was the little brown house. From the clue.
Nick Dunne: Nope. Still blue.
Amy Dunne: [writing in her diary] Want to test your marriage for weak spots? Add one recession, subtract two jobs. It’s surprisingly effective.
Amy Dunne: Promise me we’ll never be like them.
Nick Dunne: Like who?
Amy Dunne: All those awful couples we know. Those wives who treat their men like dancing monkeys, to be trained and paraded.
Nick Dunne: Husbands who treat their wives like the highway patrol, to be out-foxed and avoided.
Nick Dunne: I think I’m going to be laid off.
Amy Dunne: We’re in a recession. If it happens, we’ll deal with it. I’ll probably be next. We have each other. Everything else is background noise.
Nick Dunne: You are exceptional.
Amy Dunne: What’s the laptop for?
Nick Dunne: Laptoping.
'The simplest answer is often the correct one.' - Officer James Gilpin (Gone Girl) Click To Tweet
Nick Dunne: You don’t trust me. You don’t trust my judgment. You certainly don’t trust my intention.
Amy Dunne: What are you talking about?
Nick Dunne: That’s the basic tenet of a prenup, isn’t it?
Amy Dunne: Why are you throwing that in my face again?
Nick Dunne: Because it’s easy to throw.
Amy Dunne: Nick, I don’t get it. I don’t get why you’re daring me to be someone I don’t want to be. The nagging shrew. The controlling b**ch. I’m not that person. I’m your wife.
Officer James Gilpin: [referring to Nick] Oh, look. He’s being a good guy, so everybody can see him being a good guy.
Detective Rhonda Boney: Oh, you really don’t like him, do you?
Officer James Gilpin: What’s to like?
Marybeth Elliott: It’s like you’re the goddamn Homecoming King.
Nick Dunne: It was important to my mother that I be polite, I be considerate, I be a gentleman.
Marybeth Elliott: Well, it looked like you were having fun.
Nick Dunne: I am in a nightmare!
Marybeth Elliott: [referring to the river] My God, this place literally smells like feces.
Ellen Abbott: [referring to Nick’s photo where he’s standing next to Amy’s photo] Look at that pie-eating grin from a guy whose wife is missing.